Car­ni­val draws all eyes to rac­ing

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - BRAD DAVIDSON

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.

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