Much at stake in George Main
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.