The Championships at Randwick Lure Top Jockeys from Hong Kong
The Championships at Randwick in April to some represents the pinnacle of Australian thoroughbred racing and the top horses will leave the comfort of their stalls and the top jockeys will be lining up for engagements.
So far as jockeys ae concerned, three big names are returning to Australia from their overseas duties to take on Randwick duties.
Joao Moriera, Zac Purton and Nash Rawiller are three who should find racing that would support the lifestyles they have carved out for themselves from their Asian exploits.
Purton will be back to ride Tony McEvoy’s Oohood in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400 m) on April 7 and he will ride against former Sydney jockey premiership winner Rawiller.
Rawiller will be coming in from Hong Kong, where he is equal third in the Hong Kong jockeys’ premiership. He has 34 wins to this point and he has booked engagements for the Sires’ Produce and the Australian Derby (2400 m).
He will be serving Chris Waller, but Waller’s business manager Liam Prior said it was too early to divulge which of Waller’s horses Rawiller will be riding.
Moreira will leave Hong Kong the following week to challenge Hugh Bowman and Winx in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He might as well walk. He is booked to ride Success Days for Ken Condon, an Irish trainer, in the race. Success Days currently carries a quote of $34 on Ladbrokes’ website, which is theoretically a chance to dethrone Waller’s might mare, but it is not the sort of wager anyone would recommend to a mate.
Moreira is booked to ride Prestwick for Tony Romeo in the Group 1 Sydney Cup. That horse is quoted at $11 by Ladbrokes, equal to fourth favourite. How Prestwick’s record equates to an $11 quote is difficult to fathom, as our sources indicate that the five-year-old by Snitzel has won only two races in 28 jumps.
Another on holiday from Hong Kong will be Sam Clipperton. Clipperton will steer English for Waterhouse and Bott in the Group 1 T J Smith Stakes (1200 m), quoted at $11 behind Redzel, In Her Time and Brave Smash.
English deserves her quote. She has won almost $3 million and has a Group 1 win in the All Aged Stakes at Randwick.