Big Spring Races and Big Prizemoney Lure Foreigners to Australia
Our calculations indicate that it is not long before high quality thoroughbred racing action resumes. Twenty-two days, give or take an hour here and there.
Our calculations consisted of consulting a calendar, just in case anyone is intimidated by our math skills.
No disrespect, Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes. No disrespect, Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes. In fact, thanks to the both of you for providing an oasis in the desert of July.
Of course, a desert might be appreciated at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm, where we are told by a recent visitor that outside the track, two of every kind of animal was queuing for a boat ride.
Pardon the digression.
Our intended topic was the big-money spring races that are in the immediate future beginning in August and the fact that those races are attracting some foreigners who want to raid the prizemoney pool from various places in and around Australia’s major cities.
An American trainer named Wesley Ward (Is his middle name William? He would earn the moniker www if it were) has told Racing Victoria that his galloper Bound For Nowhere is destined for Sydney after giving Merchant Navy a nice run at the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
If we get around to it, which is doubtful, we will tell www that he needs to have a conversation with Racing NSW, as his target for Australia is actually Royal Randwick and a run in The Everest.
Such is to be expected. The Yanks may be the most geographically challenged people on the planet, which is why they invented the Global Positioning System that put so many cartographers on the dole.
A couple of Japanese horses are bound for somewhere, that somewhere being confirmed intentions for tries in the Melbourne Cup and the Caulfield Cup, but Racing Queensland has yet to add a second confirmation.
Chestnut Coat and Sole Impact will be headed to Melbourne, with both expected to be involved with both races, chasing Delta Blues and Admire Rakti as the only Japanese horses to win Cups at Melbourne and Caulfield.