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