Almanac Racing – Monash Stakes Day

It is Monash Stakes Day this Saturday, the first of many cards tagged as “you can tell it’s nearly springtime”. You can’t. It’s an OK meeting with just the one, albeit fascinating, highlight (MR7, 1100m, WFA, G3).

More importantly, the day supports the National Jockeys’ Trust, always a deserving cause but especially poignant right now, with Donna Philpot’s death still raw and approaching another anniversary of Simone Montgomerie’s tragic fall on Darwin Cup Day. As is oft-repeated, it’s a rare job where you’re followed around by an ambulance.

For this and other reasons, the hoops will be the main focus this weekend. “Baby-faced Beau” Mertens and C.Williams QC are engaged in an epic battle for the Premiership and, along with D.Dunn, are riding brilliantly. Back all 3 with confidence.

Having said that, the logical selection for the feature G3 Sprint is Luke Nolen’s mount, Supido (7). Its form for this is first-rate. There are really only two others to consider. The first, obviously, is the returning, oft-maligned, topweight, Lord Of The Sky. His best is, of course, outstanding – try splitting Chautauqua and Terravista in a T.J.Smith or being bloused in a Goodwood! Group3 is right in his mailbox so, as they say, watch betting. The other major watch is Weiry’s WA “import” Chocolate Holic. The Sandgroper sprinters are formidable and his performances warrant real rating – last two outings are a Listed win and then a second at equal weights to Vega Magic. C.Williams has pounced for the ride. Be wary. Supido remains clear top pick but it will be a race to review.


Anyone braving The Heath won’t be under any illusions that it is still winter. Rainy now but expecting the track to play quite fairly. All the facilities out there are indoors nowadays but the slippery slope’s unavoidable – diehards reckon the last MRC attendance was as poor as they’ve ever seen in the public areas.

Flemington’s bonanza Winter’s Final Day last week delivered terrific racing on a beautiful day in front of empty seats. Some winners of real quality. Remarkably the media hyped the wonderful plans for VRC’s new mega-stand. No mentions were made of viewing areas for horses parading or racing but there’s apparently great excitement about more bars/cafes/DJs! Spare me. They also bragged that facilities would be used outside of the racing season. Seems the honchos don’t even know we’re a 363 days a year industry in Victoria (and their carparks are reserved throughout the unwanted 50 weeks!). So out of touch.

For those still trying to stay in touch and enjoy our great sport, I’ll be on the Rails on Saturday and online until then, hoping to find a winner. All help appreciated.

Good luck!


  1. Yes there’s no other job i know where the ambulance follows you around the whole time you’re working.

    I’m not sure of the current tally of hoops killed. Back in 2014 it was 873 , sadly that number continues rising.

    Great work by the National Jockeys Trust. Good on them.


  2. July Cup from Newmarket tonight. A great racing event.

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