Stables at Home and Abroad Emptying for The Championships
Put on some meaningful races, that is, offer lots of prizemoney, and you will have no issues filling the fields for your races.
The 2018 edition of The Championships, as Racing NSW likes to call the two meetings in April that feature eight Group 1 races at Sydney’s Royal Randwick racecourse, will also offer four Group 2s and four Group 3 races.
According to Tom Walter of Racenet.com.au, the number of nominations for the two big weekends of thoroughbred racing have drawn 1454 nominations. Tom can count higher than we can.
We did not know that there are this many horses in all the land. We may be facing a serious cobalt shortage in the near future.
According to Mr. Walters, the Group 1 Doncaster Mile has generated the most interest, with 181 nominations. The Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes has 121 potential starters, including Winx.
We wonder what Chris Waller might do if he should discover that Winx has drawn wide, the 119th slot, perhaps.
The international stables will be well represented. Close to 40 entries are nominated, some from Aidan O’Brien’s stables in Ireland and several operations in Japan.
Racing NSW boss PeterV’landys was quite pleased at the interest, saying, “The Championships has now established its own place on the world stage and these events are the undisputed grand finals of racing in this country.”
There may be a few Vics that feel otherwise, but they will have their moment in the sun in a few months and if they succeed in getting Winx to make a fourth Cox Plate appearance, they can stake their own grand finals of racing claim.
V’Landys said some other things, too, but those things were mainly the sort of public relations/marketing things executives are required, or feel compelled, to say.
The Randwick meeting on April 14 does look like a cracker, with four Group 1s and three Group 2s, so bragging is not really necessary, even if it is fun and it can be backed up.