Group Racing Desert does not Convince Us to Skip Dessert
We are on the fringe of the Group quality racing desert known as June and July, but rest assured, all the metro and country tracks will not be idle entirely during those two months and punters in the know will plonk on horses that do not realise nor care about the rating of the race.
It is the perfect time to look ahead and examine the picture for the spring scene that is just a few months distant.
Along with the big spring races that normally occupy our attention, that is, the Melbourne Cup, the Cox Plate and the Caulfield Cup, The Everest now deserves some consideration, as the prizemoney makes it the apple everyone would love to pluck.
Of the 12 slots available, four are spoken for.
Brave Smash, Trapeze Artist, Redzel and In Her Time are the four confirmed for the October race.
That leaves eight slots yet to be filled and Pinecliff trainer Anthony Freedman has his eye of two of those eight.
With the prizemoney up from $10 to $13 million, it would seem a wise move on Freedman’s part to do everything in his power to convince the holders of Everest slots to consider his star filly Shoals and his established gelding Santa Ana Lane, recent winner of the Stradbroke Handicap.
Both horses have won three Group 1s at the correct distances and would seem to offer strong arguments for Everest inclusion.
Freedman made some interesting comments to RSN 927’s Correct Weight concerning Santa Ana Lane.
“I guess with three Group 1s he’s going to be right up in the weights in the handicaps,” Freedman said. “He’ll spell up here [Queensland], but he’ll only have a couple of weeks off.He’s a big gross horse who gets very fat very quickly, so he won’t have too long off.”
What’s that then Mr. Freedman? Your horse eats like a horse?
We ourselves have much the same issue. We eat like saints for several weeks and a kilo grudgingly surrenders. Then, we eat one tiny pie and the kilo and several of its mates are back to show us true stubbornness.