Racing NSW flexed its prizemoney muscle in what was a shock in the Randwick feature, while at Flemington the veteran continued his love affair with the Flemington straight. All this and more in this week’s edition of ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.
Prizemoney Injection for NSW Racing
Racing NSW announced a $30 million increase in prizemoney on Wednesday morning, and while it’s a big move towards country racing getting a cash injection, a contentious issue is the significant increase in prizemoney in several sprint races leading up to and after Everest. the races are now part of the “Sydney Sprint Series”, sponsored by Sportsbet.
Empire Hard Tol Find In Missile Shock
Queensland veteran Hard Empire was in 6070 form heading into the Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday, which is why he was $101+ in the betting, but the newly turned nine-year-old turned back the clock with a strong finish. speed to get group ll and send home some posh horses with bruised egos. The Edmonds-trained gelding topped the trifecta of Wandabaa’s Kris Lees, Gem Song and Enchanted Heart.
Sirius Straight Performer wins Auri’s Star
Trainer Saab Hassan has never lost faith in his stable star Sirius Suspect and despite some patchy form he has recently returned to his best wins at his favorite course, the straight six Flemington. the win came at Aurie’s Star on Saturday where he led throughout and was very strong late on to hold them off to win.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:
This week it is not a performance related to the horse. This week goes to Leah Kilner and her incredibly positive approach to her recovery. Great pictures of her at the races at Doomben on Saturday, surrounded by her fellow riders and friends. It was wonderful to see her out and about and hopefully the road to recovery is smooth.
DEBIT OF THE WEEK:
I’m trying to figure out who had more flex on Wednesday. Was it Racing NSW or the Price/Kent team? They trained four winners at Geelong on Wednesday, the best of them clearly being first-time starter What You Need, who led throughout and won with real arrogance and authority. The stable think he is very good, Ben Melham thinks so too, so it will be interesting to see where he goes next.
RIDE OF THE WEEK:
Today’s track at Flemington, it was clear from the start that the outside was best, so Mark Zahra’s helm aboard Veranskov was an absolute peach. Drew gate 2, immediately veered to the outside and got as far as he could, a clear winning move, and the horse made a mess of them.
BEAT OF THE WEEK:
I couldn’t find a bad ride worthy.
HORSES TO FOLLOW:
Lord Desanimaux – Flying
Equation – Won, condition failed. Follow
Awning – It’s tricky flying
Hang Five – Good preparation awaits him
ONE MORE CHANCE:
Conqueror – Set a task, so be forgiving
Alcyone – Very one tempo. The next start is D-day
Makram – Too bad it’s certainly true
Fire – Masked Crusader comparison chat may stop. Nice horse that can bounce back
Just Field – Race shape against, total forgiveness
Hilal – performing
Embracer – Too hard to follow/trust
Quintello – Maybe the end of the prep run, but she was still very ordinary for the run she did
Grand Pope – He is not currently of the city class
Real sensation – Vacuum cleaner for punishment if you support it
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