Mel­bourne Cup start on the line for our stay­ers

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

ROYAL Rand­wick hosts its third suc­ces­sive Syd­ney Satur­day meet­ing this month with four stakes events.

They in­clude the Listed $150,000 Brian Crow­ley Stakes (1200m) for three­year-olds, the Listed $150,000 Light­ning (1100m) for the sprint­ers, and Group 3 $125,000 The Nivison (1200m) for mares.

The stay­ers get an op­por­tu­nity to press for a Mel­bourne Cup start in the Listed $100,000 City Tat­ter­sall’s Club Cup (2400m).

Some may feel get­ting to the Mel­bourne Cup from the Rand­wick stay­ing races is a bridge too far but, five years ago, Maluck­y­day won the Tatt’s Club Cup and two starts later beat all but Amer­i­cain at Flem­ing­ton. SUC­CESS­FUL SPRING THE Cup meet­ing at Royal Rand­wick on Satur­day sig­nals the unof­fi­cial end of another great spring car­ni­val.

More than 20,000 at­tended Ep­som Day on the long week­end and ev­ery race was a high­light, from Cap­i­tal­ist’s bril­liant de­but in the Breed­ers Plate to Magic Hur­ri­cane’s Group 1 Metropoli­tan tri­umph in the fi­nal race.

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