Rand­wick firms as a crowd favourite

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

SYDNEY’S spring car­ni­val might be over for an­other year but rac­ing fans will still be flock­ing to Royal Rand­wick on Satur­day.

Rand­wick has hosted crowds of about 20,000 in each of the last three Satur­days and a sim­i­lar at­ten­dance is ex­pected this weekend.

Rand­wick is the ideal venue to watch the Cox Plate meet­ing in Melbourne which fea­tures Sydney champs Winx and Hart­nell.

CHAM­PION SPIRIT

SO, WHAT was the high­light of the spring rac­ing car­ni­val?

It is hard to go past Ge­orge Main Stakes Day when Winx romped away with the Ge­orge Main Stakes and Hart­nell made a mess of his ri­vals in the Chelms­ford Stakes – out­stand­ing horses at the peak of their form.

WATCH NIGHT RID­ERS

NIGHT rac­ing re­turns to Can­ter­bury Park on Fri­day – the first of nine meet­ings un­der lights in the spring and sum­mer sea­son.

Aus­tralian Turf Club chief ex­ec­u­tive and gen­eral man­ager of rac­ing James Heddo said the com­mit­ment to night rac­ing was in line with the ATC strat­egy of grow­ing cus­tomer en­gage­ment.

“Fri­day nights now bring more ac­tion with the added at­mos­phere of food mar­kets and free en­ter­tain­ment,’’ he said.

KEEP AN EYE ON CLARK

MY TIP this weekend is to fol­low in-form jockey Tim Clark at Royal Rand­wick.

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