Gold Coast and Adelaide Autumn Carnivals Offer Top Races

May 5, 2018 meetings at Gold Coast and Morphettville will be where the big action is in the first weekend of the month.

Gold Coast will stage the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800 metre) horses that do well in the weight-for-age conditions. Also on the card for the day are the Group 3 Ken Russell memorial Classic (1200 m) for the juveniles, run at set weights and the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200 m), also set weights.

The Hollindale Stakes has attracted good horses in the past. This year’s race is worth $358,000 and It’s Somewhat has been nominated to go for the repeat victory. It’s Somewhat won the Doncaster Mile at Randwick last year. Notable past winners include two-time winner Leebaz, two time winner Shogun Lodge, Might And Power and two-time winner Rough Habit.

It is one of the biggest meetings, the biggest, perhaps, for Morphettville in South Australia.

That track will host two Groups 1s, the 1200 m Roberts Sangster Stakes (1200 m w.f.a. fillies and mares) and the Australasian Oaks (2000 m fillies set weights). Black Caviar won the Robert Sangster race in 2012.

The Australasian Oaks is considered the premier middle distance race of Adelaide’s autumn racing carnival. Egg Tart won last year. This year’s field has attracted 30 nominations and the race has a reputation for identifying good staying types that go on to do well in the Caulfield Cup.

Morphettville has several other top offerings for the meeting.

The Group 2 Euclase Stakes (1200 m) is for three-year-olds and is run at set weights. The Group 2 Queens of the South Stakes (1600 m) is the chance for fillies and mares to compete at set weight plus penalty conditions.

Finally, the Group 3 DC McKay Stakes (1100 m) is run as a quality handicap and is open to all. It often attracts a full field, which offers many horses an opportunity to pull off an upset.

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