$200k feature kick-starter
IT IS summer but Sydney racing gets a hint of autumn with the group 2 $200,000 Expressway Stakes at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
The feature weight-for-age sprint is often used by trainers to kickstart the race campaigns of their autumn carnival contenders.
Since the race was first run in 1974, the honour roll of Expressway winners boasts some of best gallopers of the modern era, notably the legendary Kingston Town (1980). Other winners include Luskin Star (1977), Sir Dapper (1984), Saintly (1996), Tie The Knot (2001), Lonhro (2003), Court’s In Session (2005-06). Rangirangdoo (2010) and Appearance (2014).
YOUNGSTERS TESTED THE Golden Slipper credentials of some promising youngsters go on the line at the Rosehill meeting with colts and geldings lining up in the group 3 $150,000 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) and the fillies in the group 3 $150,000 Widden Stakes (1100m).
Team Snowden, which prepares Golden Slipper favourite Capitalist, will produce its exciting, unraced colt Defcon in the Canonbury Stakes.
Defcon looked as sharp as Capitalist in the early season trials and his longawaited debut will be watched closely.
In recent years, both juvenile races have been significant autumn carnival pointers. Sebring (2008) and Vancouver (2015) completed the Canonbury-Golden Slipper double and Overreach (2013) and Mossfun (2014) won the Widden before achieving Slipper glory.
ADKINS ONE TO WATCH MY TIP for this weekend is to follow boom apprentice Andrew Adkins. The teenager has made a real impression in Sydney racing since having his indentures transferred to trainer Ron Quinton.