Hyperion Stakes is Sole Australian Group Race for Weekend Coming
Top echelon Thoroughbred racing is almost done for the 2018 – 2019 season.
The last remaining Group 1 is more than a week off and it is the Group 1 Winter Stakes (1400 m, weight-for-age, fillies and mares). It is held at Eagle Farm and is the curtain call of the Brisbane winter racing carnival.
We will be looking more closely as the jump nears.
For the weekend coming, Belmont has the Group 3 Hyperion Stakes (1600 m, weight-for age).
The race was first run in 1972 and has jumped between Ascot and Belmont over its history. It is contested mainly by the horses of Western Australia.
Cambana Lad (1974 – 75) Heron Bridge (1984 & 1986), Marasco(2008& 2010) are the three to claim the race more than once.
The Hyperion Stakes is the fifth race on the day that offers eight races.
It looks like a field of six as of this moment and neither Ladbrokes nor Neds had posted any odds.
The field does offer Group 1 winner Great Shot, winner of the Group 1 Railway Stakes at Ascot in November of 2017 from Black Heart Bart and Tom Melbourne, so obviously there is some ability there.
Great Shot is coming in from a second in the Group 3 Belmont Sprint and a third in the Group 3 Roma Cup.
Galaxy Star is in the field as well, ridden by William Pike and Pike probably had his choice, given his impact on Western Australia racing.
She beat Great Shot in the Belmont Sprint and the Roma Cup. She won the Railway Stakes last year and ran third in the Group 1 Kingston Town Stakes, so she is worth a look. She jumped as the $2.90 favourite when she won the Railway, so this race would seem to be between her and Great Shot.