Sydney’s spring car­ni­val is more than just a sin­gle horse

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - NEIL EVANS

Y ES, she’s the “Queen of Sheba,” prob­a­bly big­ger!

But let ’s not get too ca r r ied away and be­come com­pletely “Win xed” out!

T he es­tabl ish­ment shou ld re - m i nd it­sel f of t he ot her qua l ity and field depth across the Sydney Spr ing — l ike to­mor row’s Group 2 T he Shor ts.

What at reat hav­ing five-time Group 1 hero Chau­tauqua, and fel­low Group 1 win­ners Take­down and English all re­sum­ing in one race against first-up win­ner Redzel—an Ever­est en tree!

Of course, Winx­ont he cusp of 20 straight is the plan­e­tary at­trac­tion and again re­spon­si­ble for half the peo­ple through the gate; but ever y me I cast my eyes across any form of me­dia or pro­mo­tion, it’s Win x—and seem­ingly her alone!

Let’ s not suf­fer chronic PR indi­ges­tion. Mel­bourne made the same mis­take af­ter a few sea­sons of Black Caviar mad­ness!

They came from ev­ery­where, but when she re­tired the back­side fell out of fea­ture days. Sud­denly, you couldn’ t drag any­one to t he races!

That’s why the Ever­est (Oct. 14) —whether you’ re a fan of the con­cept or not—is per­fect tim­ing! Yes, it’s a vir­tual Spring re-run of the Group 1 T.J. Smith with an ex­tra cameo or two, but it’s the right tonic for a fickle pub­lic that switches from car­ni­vals like a stuck-up kid on show rides.

And af­ter all, Sydney is the “cap­i­tal” of the sprinter/ miler —and hav­ing an open-class $10 mil­lion 1200m WFA show down three weeks af­ter the 3 YO G 1 Golden Rose Grand Fi­nal and a fort night fter G1 Ep­som (1600 m) is a sched­ule to be­hold!

While I’m not sold on the Ever­est recipe, the Sydney Spring has taken a gi­ant leap for­ward!

Back on track to­mor­row, and out­side of he $1.0 9 about Winx snapped up early, two run­ner sat vastly dif­fer­ent prices I want to be on:

Race 43. TOM MEL­BOURNE: Ter­rific run sec­ond-up in the Group 2 Tramway cov­er­ing ground. Stay sat the trip, and beau­ti­fully placed around $3.00!

Race 82. LIB RAN: Well beaten be­hind Winx re­sum­ing, but im­proves big sec­ond-up to this trip. Way over the odds around $21.00!

BACK to The Shorts (1100m) on what should be Good 4 rat­ing, only the wide gate stops me declar­ing English ($4.00).

She’ll be giv­ing some smart sprint­ers a tidy start; and from the draw, I lean to Take­down ($11.00).

There should be enough pres­sure up front al­low Chau­tauqua ($3.60) to storm into the fin­ish, but I’ ll risk early fav Redzel in this com­pany!

My TH E SHORTS Tips :

1. TAKE­DOWN; 2. English; 3. Chau­tauqua

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