Three-way jockey duel
JAMES McDonald, Hugh Bowman and Blake Shinn are locked in an exciting battle for the Sydney jockeys premiership.
It has been a long time since three riders were all in contention for the premiership this late in the season.
There are only six metropolitan meetings remaining for the season, including Royal Randwick on Saturday (July 11), so the stage is set for a thrilling climax to the season.
McDonald has led the title race for most of the season but he has spent six weeks in Europe riding for Godolphin for the northern hemisphere summer.
He is due to return to Sydney for the final two weeks of the season to defend his title.
Bowman is chasing his third premiership after his triumphs in 2009 and 2012 and Shinn is also a previous titleholder, winning in 2008.
The prestigious Sydney trainers premiership will go to Chris Waller for the fifth consecutive season while Winona Costin has secured the top spot in the apprentices title.
ANGLAND SEWS IT UP
TYE Angland’s treble on Lion Couchant, Slydini and Roman Odyssey at the Hawkesbury meeting on July 2 has all but assured he will be the jockeys premiership winner at the provincial venue.
Angland moved to 18 wins at Hawkesbury for the season and increased the lead over his nearest rival to five wins.
With only one Hawkesbury meeting remaining for the season – Sunday, July 19 – Angland will cap a fine comeback season to NSW racing with the provincial premiership title.
KEEP EYE ON AVDULLA
MY TIP for this weekend is to follow jockey Brenton Avdulla at Royal Randwick. At the time of writing, he was riding in outstanding form with 11 wins from his past 50 rides.