David Hayes Hopes for Sunny Skies and Firmer Turf at Randwick
Wet weather in Sydney over the course of the autumn racing season at Randwick has introduced an element of uncertainty to thoroughbred racing, as if there was not enough already.
All manner of variables come into the occasion-the spot on the card for a race meeting, the barrier, the rail and the crowding of horses all seeking the best spot of turf create unpredictable expectations.
Still, even though some racehorses do better in the mud than others, if given their druthers, most trainers would prefer firmer surfaces. The only leveling factor is that all the horses run under the same conditions.
David Hayes is one trainer that has had to deal with the swamps this autumn, not necessarily to his benefit, either, but he expresses confidence that either Harlow Gold or Almoonqith can provide some relief to Hayes’ Group 1 travails in the Golden Slipper and the Doncaster Mile.
Harlow Gold will try the Australian Oaks, even though the 3YO bay filly has not won beyond 1600 m to date. She has yet to win at the Group level, but she has drawn enough support to carry a $5.00 quote, second favourite to Bonneval at $4.20.
Almoonqith will try the 3200 m Group 1 Sydney Cup, but the 7YO bay has not won at the Group level and carries a $26.00 quote into the Sydney Cup.