Star mare sure to catch eyes


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

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.

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