Top Quality Victorian Racing Winds Down in November
It was an exciting Melbourne Cup in 2017, but the thoroughbred racing action at Flemington is far from over.
There are three quality races on November 9, as the Melbourne spring racing carnival continues on with three Group races on Thursday night.
The fillies have the course to themselves for the Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500 m). The race is restricted to three-year-olds and run at set weights, so the fillies in this race might be the ones to watch down the road to see if there is another Makybe Diva or a staying Winx coming through the ranks. Lasqueti Spirit won in 2016. She has not since won, although she did post a second to Winx in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600 m) in February of the current year.
Also on the calendar for November 9 are the Group 3 Chatham Stakes (1400 m) and the Group 3 Red Roses Stakes (1000 m).
The Saturday following, major action at Flemington concludes with Group 1 weight-for-age racing with the 2000 m Emirates Stakes and the 1200 m VRC Sprint Classic. There is also the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000 m) and the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600 m) and the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000 m), a final chance for the two-year-olds to make their mark ahead of turning into three-year-olds in January.
Following that meeting, most of the top racing moves to Western Australia’s Ascot racecourse, but Sandown will stage a meeting on November 18 that has some Group 2 and Group 3 racing that spans various distances and running conditions to close out major racing in Victoria for 2017.
The Sandown Classic (2400 m) gives the juveniles a chance to prove their mettle for future staying races, although older horses typically win. Beautiful Romance won last yearafter running respectably well in the 2016 Melbourne Cup, where she finished seventh.