Chris Waller Mainly Absent from Randwick this Weekend
Punters who can tear themselves away from the opening round of the Telstra 2019 NRL Premiership competition this weekend will find an equal challenge from the 12 Group 3 or higher races this weekend at Flemington and Randwick.
In Sydney, Chris Waller might have to borrow a few horses if he is to dominate the fields in typical fashion.
Randwick has two Group 3s, the Wenona Girl Handicap (1200 m) for mares only and the Aspiration Quality (1600 m) for fillies and mares.
For Group 2s, there will be the Reisling Stakes (1200 m) for two-year-olds, girls only, and the Todman Stakes (1200 m) for two-year-old colts and geldings. The other Group 2 is the 1000-metre w.f.a. Challenge Stakes.
The feature Group 1s are the w.f.a. Canterbury Stakes (1300 m) and the Randwick Guineas (1600 m, 3YO, set weights.
There are two other races on the card that day as well.
Just for grins and to demonstrate that no racing site works as hard as we do, we examined the Randwick meeting closely and as of this writing, 83 gallopers will make the jump across the nine races and we discovered that Waller has only nine ready to run.
Actually, we were just bored, but Waller is basically taking the weekend off from Randwick. He almost had more last week for the Chipping Norton alone.
We were not ambitious or bored to the degree that we were willing to subject the meeting at Flemington to the same degree of scrutiny, but punters who bother will find two Group 1s, two Group 2s and one Group 3 from the nine races jumping at Flemington, including the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000 m, w.f.a.) and the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200 m).
Those with an appetite for masochism might find the Group 2 VRC Sires Produce Stakes (1400 m) for two-year-olds a nice challenge from the betting perspective.
The race offers, for the moment, 12 rising stars in a bunch priced from the top line of Dalasan ($3.70), out to Power Scheme ($51).