Fil­lies on show in Golden Pen­dant

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

THE Golden Pen­dant, the fea­ture spring race for fil­lies and mares in Sydney, is de­serv­ing of Group 1 sta­tus.

The Rose­hill 1400m race, worth $400,00, is run this Satur­day and will at­tract some of the best mares in train­ing in­clud­ing First Seal, Ty­coon Tara, Heav­ens Above, Ravi, Den­magic, Serene Majesty, Nancy and Pearls.

Sydney’s spring car­ni­val should have a Group 1 race for the fil­lies and mares to pro­vide in­cen­tive to stay in the har­bour city for longer.

When, not if, the Golden Pen­dant is elevated to Group 1 level, it would en­sure five week­ends of Group 1 rac­ings in Sydney dur­ing spring – start­ing with the Golden Rose and cul­mi­nat­ing with the Cham­pion Stakes on the sec­ond Satur­day in Oc­to­ber.

SOLID CHAL­LENGER

GODOLPHIN’S Golden Rose win­ner Astern will have his next start in Mel­bourne but the sta­ble will still have a wor­thy chal­lenger in the Group 2 $200,000 Stan Fox Stakes (1400m) with the promis­ing Im­pend­ing on Golden Pen­dant Day. Astern was too good in the Golden Rose but Im­pend­ing ran bravely for third and prob­a­bly should have fin­ished closer.

Divine Prophet got well back in the field and was held up for a run on the turn but his fourth was an eye-catch­ing ef­fort. He also looks good in the Stan Fox Stakes.

HERE’S A TIP

MY TIP for Rose­hill Gar­dens this week­end is to fol­low Team Hawkes with Divine Prophet and Swear in the fea­ture three-year-old races.

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