Caulfield Guineas day tomorrow launches the Cups carnival with eight Group races including four Group Ones.
The $2 million Caulfield Guineas heads the star-studded program supported by the Thousand Guineas for fillies, Toorak Handicap and Caulfield Stakes. James Cummings saddles up Kementari in the Caulfield Guineas, a race grandfather Bart won three times (Alfa, God’s Own and Wonderful World). Kementari impressed when third in the Guineas Prelude and has each-way prospects despite barrier 10 not being ideal. Only four Guineas winners in the last 24 years drew wider than eight. The rail is the place to be with 16 winners in that time jumping from gates one to four. Selections: Kementari, Royal Symphony, Catchy. Thousand Guineas: Alizee, Aloisia, Shoals.
Sydney and Melbourne rivalry is alive and well with Racing NSW running the inaugural $10 million The Everest tomorrow against Melbourne’s traditional spring launch. The Everest concept is not one I like involving 12 slot holders each paying $600,000 a year for three years. It is a race for big players and most likely will succeed but money cannot buy the tradition and prestige associated with the Melbourne Racing Club meeting. Varying form lines make The Everest challenge for punters but for those wanting an interest perhaps Vega Magic is the way to go.
Echuca gelding Undercover Poet had to be content with third place in the $20,000 Gunbower Gold Cup (1800m) on Saturday. Penny To Sell defeated Not To Know by 1 lengths with 1 lengths to the Rhys Archard trained Undercover Poet ridden by Mitch Aitken.
Only eight days to Deniliquin’s big race day — the Cup meeting on Caulfield Cup Day. As well as six races there is plenty of action off-track. There is Fashions on the Field, TAB and bar facilities, bookmakers fielding on local and metropolitan races, food and refreshments. Children are well catered for with free entertainment and there is music after the races.
Follow — Interlocuter: Impressive winning Randwick Benchmark 85 and can build on his record of four wins and two seconds from seven starts.
Coming winners: Prompt Response, Doomben Group 2 winner in June, did not have clear running in straight when 11th at Flemington.
Aloisia, second in Brisbane Group 1 for two year-olds, resumed with pleasing fifth at Caulfield.
Johnny Vinko, second at Geelong and Bendigo at his first two starts, hit the line strongly for Flemington third.