Caulfield Counters The Everest with Four Group One Races
Suggestions that interstate rivalries be abandoned ahead of a huge weekend of Thoroughbred racing in Victoria and New South Wales fell on our deaf ears.
It was somewhat a muffled, buzzing noise that had little impact.
Interstate, intercity, inter-code rivalries-we like them all. We like to see the Vics beat NSW in rugby. We like when the NSW lot beats Victorian AFL clubs. We even include Queensland in the mix when it comes to State of Origin, but we are more neutral in that regard, simply rooting for the state that last lost.
We cheered when Racing NSW debuted The Everest and stole the prizemoney bragging rights from the Melbourne Cup.
We doubt that the recent win by Winx in Flemington’s Group 1 Turnbull Stakes lifted her much, as she is an equal-opportunity destroyer of Thoroughbred egos regardless of their state of origin. She would seem equanimous about beating the horses in Victoria or NSW.
We strive to be similar in reporting that the weekend coming is one of the best on offer during the spring racing carnival season, but other than The Everest, not much of note is going off at Randwick save the Group 3 Craven Plate.
Caulfield is where the big action is taking place this mid-October weekend and if the bookies are to be trusted, Victoria wins any perceived value not just by having more Group racing.
They are also boasting Good 4 conditions for Caulfield, while Randwick is an Eagle Farm-like Heavy 8.
The track condition is one rivalry and bragging right that cannot be dismissed.
For those whose allegiances and loyalties tilt toward NSW, however, The Everest alone is worth more than four times as much prizemoney as the four Group 1 races at Caulfield.
Racing punters will be joyous over the prospect of five Group 1 races over the span of two hours, regardless of where they happen to live.
As for the interstate rivalry between Victoria and NSW…Long Live Western Australia!