Horse birthday is just the start
THE new racing season starts at Rosehill Gardens on August 1 and the feature race is the $100,000 Winter Challenge (1500m).
Although the recognised carnival horses have only just begun training and are not due to return to racing until later in August, don’t disregard the Winter Challenge form.
Last year, He’s Your Man was a fast-finishing winner of the Winter Challenge. Later that spring carnival he won the Group 1 Epsom Handicap and was a close second in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes.
The race also set the tone for trainer Chris Waller’s extraordinary 2014-15 season when he trained the winners of a record $26.5 million and claimed his fifth successive Sydney premiership. WORLD’S FOREMOST THE Australian racing industry is one of the largest and most successful in world racing.
During the 2015/16 Australian racing season, there will be more than 35,000 thoroughbreds competing in nearly 20,000 races on 368 racetracks for total prizemoney exceeding $500 million.
NSW is the biggest racing state with 121 racetracks and more than 750 race meetings. HORSES’ BIRTHDAY SATURDAY is also the official birthday of all southern hemisphere thoroughbreds, regardless of their actual birth date.
The breeding and foaling season begins in August. The nation’s foal crop has been in decline in recent years and about 14,000 foals are expected to be born this spring, considerably down on the 18,510 live foals born 20 years ago. JOCKEYS TIP MY TIP for this weekend is to follow form jockeys Hugh Bowman, Blake Shinn and James McDonald.