Much at stake in Ge­orge Main

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Ray Thomas

GROUP 1 rac­ing re­turns to Royal Rand­wick on Satur­day with the $500,000 Ge­orge Main Stakes.

The fea­ture weight-for-age event is run over the fa­mous Rand­wick “mile” and some of the great cham­pi­ons of Aus­tralian rac­ing have won it, in­clud­ing Shan­non (1946-47), Wenona Girl (1963), Baguette (1971), Kingston Town (1981-82), Eman­ci­pa­tion (1983), Vo Rogue (1989), Shaftes­bury Av­enue (1990) and Lonhro (2003).

Sa­cred Falls com­pleted the Don­caster Mile-Ge­orge Main Stakes dou­ble last year for trainer Chris Waller, and sta­ble­mate Ker­madec is on track to do the same next Satur­day.

Ker­madec has shaped well in both runs this spring, in­clud­ing his last-start sec­ond to Com­pla­cent in the Chelms­ford Stakes re­cently.

Ker­madec and sta­ble­mate Royal De­scent are cer­tain Ge­orge Main Stakes starters. Given their out­stand­ing records over the Rand­wick 1600m course, and im­pres­sive form this spring, they could easily be fight­ing out the fin­ish. EYES ON TER­RAV­ISTA THE Rand­wick meet­ing boasts six Group and Listed races in­clud­ing the Group 2 $200,000 The Shorts (1100m).

The fea­ture sprint is likely to at­tract an out­stand­ing field in­clud­ing the Joe Pride­trained Ter­rav­ista, rated the world’s best sprinter at one stage last sea­son.

Ter­rav­ista be­gan his as­cent win­ning The Shorts last spring, and a sec­ond suc­ces­sive win would make him the first to do so since King’s Favourite in 1976-77. BOW­MAN’S THE MAN MY TIP for this week­end is to fol­low cham­pion jockey Hugh Bow­man at Royal Rand­wick on Satur­day. Bow­man has been rid­ing in bril­liant form this sea­son, giv­ing his mounts ev­ery chance.

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