Sydney’s focus on sprints leaves longer races to languish
FOR years, we’ve waxed on about Sydney’ s obsession and dominance with sprinter/ milers. Stayers? N ah, don’t do it much, more a Victorian thing. Well, now it’ s getting ridiculous.
Tomorrow none of the weaker Group 1 Metropolitans (2400 m)iny ears, there’ s only 12 runners—and half are visitors, fou from Victoria; and one each
A nd fou r of t he “loca l” si x a re from Ch is Wa l ler’s ya rd. Joe P r ide’s g rand n i ne -yea r- old Dest i ny’s K iss ($2 3.0 0) ca r r ies sadd lecloth 3 & yet hasn’t won beyond Listed level.
It took a l most two decades to turn the Group 1 BM W around from lang uishing in the FA dold r ums, please Racing NSW add ress the Met rop Hcp before it becomes a lost sou l. I have a pla n, but t hat ’s for a not her day.
So who’s going to w in tomorrow’s version? Fou r th-up and wel l-placed A nton io Giuseppe ($ 5.5 0) is ready, a nd not just be - cause the ‘Mag ic Man’ is in tow n to r ide. I wou ld much prefer a Bow man, McEvoy, even Col lett, on boa rd.
Last-sta r t Group 3 w inner Libra n ($ 5.0 0), from a sof t d raw, is t he log ic a l da nger. I n fact, it ’s Qu i nel la t i me.
My METROP Tips :
1. ANTONIO GIUSEPPE ;2. Libran ;3. Who Shot The bar man
THE big question in the Group 1 Epsom (16 0 0m) — again a moderate renewal is whether tough seven-year-old gelding Happy Clapper ($3.60 into $3.20) can give four-yea Egg T art ($6.00) providing she starts and the emerging Co min’ Through 8.0 6kgs? I doubt it. If the dual SA and QLD Oaks-winning mare Egg T art gets over an eye“ir ritaion ,” andth email is strong, she looks beauty second- up to t he m i le on t he li m it.
P unters shou ld be war y too of ta lented seven-yea r- old ma re Zanbagh ($17.0 0) d roppi ng 6kgs from her Group 3 T ibbie w in in Newcast le.
My EPSOM Tips :
1. EGG T ART ;2. Happy Clapper; 3. Com in’ T h rough; 4. Zanbagh
The highlight is a booming edition of the Group 2 Premi ere(1200m)w here the saltand-pepper grey Chautauqua ($3.40) should put writing on the wall for his Everest assault.
Suited atWFA from the good d raw, there looks enough speed for him to explode late, maybe even eclipsing the 32.84 sec she peeled off for t he last 6 0 0m re - su m ing in T Shor ts (110 0m).
My PR EMIERE Tips :
1. CHAUTAUQUA ;2. English; 3. Clearly Innocent
BEFORE all that, a superstrong field of 13 in es up intonight’ s Group 1 Moir(1000m) at Moo nee Valley, among them Golden Slip per and Lightning winners SheWi Reign and Terra vista both resuming.
But on a very tricky shortcourse“map ,” I’m prepared to risk both infavouofs ix-yearold Victorian mare Sheidel ($8.00) who I expect to bounce back after her Group 3 flop at Cau l field.