Irish Gelding Walks on Water at Cork to Win by 33 Lengths
You know the racing is slowing down a bit when a modest race at Cork, in Ireland, makes headlines, but when Allegio, a five-year-old with just two wins in just 10 starts won a 1700 metre handicap by the record margin of 33 lengths, or initial response was, ring-in.
Throwing us off the scent by claiming that he would not take Winx to Royal Ascot to curtsey for the Queen, he instead took her to Cork, where the pickings would be easy.
Allegio’s trainer Denis Hogan acknowledged that his new star is going to be carrying more weight, telling Racing Post, “I suppose a 13lb rise in the ratings isn’t too harsh for such a wide-margin win as the ground was borderline unraceable.”
It may be that Eagle Farm was picked up and relocated to the Emerald Isle, where swampy conditions are the norm, such that track raters would give the troubled Queensland venue firm one.
Allegio beat the previous record for winning margin in Ireland or Great Britain of 27 lengths set in 1998 by Mighty Moon.
All that said, Australian thoroughbred racing or high calibre is not dead just yet.
Randwick in Sydney will stage the Group 1 All Aged Stakes and Group 1 ATC Champagne Stakes this weekend. Those are the last two Group 1s in the month of April.
Group 1 racing then moves to Morphettville in Adelaide during May, where the big ones are the Robert Sangster Stakes, Australasian Oaks, the SA Derby and the Goodwood.
In Brisbane, Doomben will stage the Doomben 10000 and the Doomben Cup.
June is somewhat up in the air, as the big races are on the calendar for Eagle Farm, but it remains to be seen if the course is sufficiently renovated to avoid the calamity of last year, when races had to be moved to Doomben due to the sorry state of the track at Eagle Farm.