Flemington and Randwick Stage Simultaneous Autumn Meetings
Flemington in Melbourne and Randwick in Sydney will vie for punter attention Saturday coming as both venues host impressive meetings.
Flemington will have two Group 1s on offer, the 2000 metre Australian Cup and the 1200 metre Newmarket Handicap. There will be two Group 2s on the card, the Kewney Stakes and the VRC Sires Produce Stakes. One Group 3, the Matron Stakes, along with several other races, mean that the meeting will attract plenty of wagers.
Up in Sydney, Randwick has two Group 1s, the Randwick Guineas and the Canterbury Stakes. Randwick is going one better than Flemington by offering not two, but three Group 2s. They are the Challenge Stakes, the Reisling Stakes and the Todman Stakes. They have one Group 3, the Wenona Girl Handicap.
So far as quality level thoroughbred racing is concerned, the month of March offers a multitude of riches. The weekend following the above-mentioned races, Rosehill will come on strong and keep it going through the end of the month, with prestigious races such as the Coolmore Stud Classic, the Golden Slipper Stakes and more than a few others serving the Group 1 punters.
Back in Melbourne, Moonee Valley will serve up the William Reid Stakes. Caulfield will have some nice opportunities, but on balance, the remainder of March is dominated by Rosehill.
The Group 1 Australian Cup, at 2000 metres, will attract the best staying types running under weight-for-age conditions. Humidor won followed by Jameka and Exospheric. None of those three is on the list for Saturday. The Group 2 St. George Stakes at the end of February has often served as a good form guide for the Australian Cup. Gailo Chop won the race this year and thus enjoys the favourite’s spot in the early betting markets, with Ladbrokes pricing the galloper at $3.50, but until the final field is announced and the barriers drawn, those price are more guideline than stone-etched certainties.