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

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.

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