Capitalist Trainers Keen to Avoid 60 kg for Upcoming Racing Season
Winning the Golden Slipper Stakes at Wyong this year resulted in the consequence of Capitalist facing 60 kg if he were to run in any of the upcoming spring races in Sydney, where many events are run at set weight plus penalty. The penalty in Capitalist’s case is that Group 1 winners from the previous season automatically receive the handicap.
A lack of suitable races in the three-year-old division, according to Capitalist trainers Peter and Paul Snowden, make it likely that Capitalist’s next race will be the Group 2 Missile Stakes at Randwick, a 1200 m race that is run under weight-for-age conditions in August. Two weeks later, the first Group 1 race of the new season, the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield, could appeal to the Snowdens, since it too is a weight-for-age race like the Missile Stakes, except that it is 1400 m in length.
Last year’s Golden Slipper winner Vancouver suffered when given 60 kg in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes, running fourth.
For the Snowden’s, however, there seems to be a reluctance to continuously shift Capitalist between Sydney and Melbourne, and the fact that Capitalist can get into the Missile Stakes at 51.5 kg, rather than 60 kg, weighed on their decision.
Depending on how Capitalist performs in the Missile Stakes will determine whether he ventures south or not, but it appears that his next appearance after the Missile Stakes could be in the Golden Rose at Rosehill in September.