Carnival draws all eyes to racing
ONE week, four race days and 37 races, headlined by the Melbourne Cup.
Welcome to Flemington carnival – the week where racing owns Australian sport’s spotlight.
And what a week it promises to be commencing with Derby Day, arguably the greatest individual race meeting on the Australian racing calendar, tomorrow.
The Derby might be the feature race on the program but the Coolmore Stud Stakes is an absolute beauty.
Twenty of Australia’s best three-year- olds thundering down the Flemington straight and $7 the field mind you as well.
I’ve always had a big opinion of Viridine and, if they go hard enough and he settles in the run, could well take some beating ( providing the rail isn’t off as he has drawn barrier one). Trapeze Artist is the X-factor horse.
He can be a bit hit or miss but on his day he would probably beat this lot and Golden Rose romp was arrogant.
The Derby is an intriguing race but I just can’t go past Ace High, he is an iron horse and David Payne will have him ready to rumble.
The Myer is very open as is the other Group 1 on Flemington card, the Kennedy Mile.
There are some very good mares in the Myer at big odds including Silent Sedition ($ 8.50), Dixie Blossoms ($11) and Heavens Above ($18), while I would include Danish Twist in your quaddies as well.
Tosen Stardom could be the one in a very tough Kennedy Mile.
SPARE thought for Dustin Martin and a few of his Richmond teammates who own a share in Victoria Derby second favourite Main Stage.
Martin will be in Tasmania tomorrow to attend teammate Jack Riewoldt’s wedding in- stead of at Flemington to watch their horse contest the Derby. Mind you, there was a rumour this week that host of Richmond players were considering getting a chartered helicopter from Tasmania to Flemington for the race. I doubt that would have went down well if they through with it!
What’s with people having weddings on big race days? I know it’s a nice time of the year but, come on, seriously.
WELL done to Darren Pearce, who this week announced his pending resignation as Australian Turf Club chief executive.
I’ve only been in Sydney for just over a year but you don’t have to be a rocket scientist work out the ATC is one of the most progressive race clubs in country. Job well done Darren and best of luck for the future.
FLEMINGTON will hog the spotlight tomorrow as it rightly should but there is still a good card at Rosehill. There are no real standouts on the program but I thought Pick Me Up at $7.50 in Race 3 and Rebel Miss at $10 in Race 7 both represented good value.
LOOKING for an early market mover? Levendi ( Race 1) and Black On Gold ( Race 2) have been both heavily backed with TAB at Flemington and Rosehill in early markets respectively. Good luck punters! Enjoy the big week.
The Darren Weir-trained Tosen Stardom will be hard to beat in tomorrow’s Kennedy Mile.