Star mare sure to catch eyes
SUPERB WIN TO DRAW ATTENTION TO LOFIEL ON STAKES DAY
IT’S Festival Stakes day at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday and trainer David Vandyke may provide one of the highlights in the Benchmark 85 Handicap (1500m) with the eye-catching mare Lofiel.
The Northern Meteor fiveyear-old is putting together an impressive resume and is coming off a scintillating win at Canterbury on October 28, where she shot straight to the lead over 1580m.
Vandyke said he was itching to test her in Satur- day company for the first time.
“You can’t hold her back and she just gets them all off the bit and runs them ragged,” he said.
“I think 1500m to a mile is her journey because it allows her to get an unchallenged run from the 1200m onwards.”
Racegoers and punters love getting behind a frontrunner and Lofiel will give the field a good sight once again after her breakthrough performance last month. PRIZEMONEY BOOST NEXT year’s Sydney autumn racing carnival will be more lucrative than ever, with the ATC announcing further prizemoney increases to 12 of its feature races.
An extra $2.4 million in prizemoney will be spread across the 12 feature events including a $400,000 rise for the Sydney Cup, which is now worth $2 million.
The same rise will also occur in the Randwick Guin- eas, making it the newest member of Australian racing’s $1 million club. WALLER LOOKS LIKELY MY TIP for this weekend is to follow trainer Chris Waller at Rosehill Gardens. As usual he should play a major hand in the big three Listed races – Festival Stakes, ATC Cup and Starlight Stakes. Ray Thomas is on leave. Matt Jones is from Racing NSW.