Top Racing Shifts to South Australia and Queensland
Forget about equinoxes, solstices, and that other rubbish on the calendar telling you the season of the year.
The Group level racing at Randwick concluded the weekend past. That means autumn is over and it is now winter in Australia, if no one objects too strenuously to labeling a season winter.
It is never too cold for racing and the season of winter is more concept than reality. Not even the tracks close to the Antarctic shut down for fear of snow and freezing temperatures.
The next Group racing for the balance of April will be at Eagle Farm, with the Group 2 Sir Byrne Hart Stakes (1200 metres, w.f.a) and the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1600 m, set weights).
Hawkesbury has earned three Group 3 races, the Hawkesbury Guineas (1400 m, open handicap), the Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600 m, open handicap) and the Hawkesbury Crown (1300 m, fillies and mares, set weight plus penalty).
The last meeting of April will also include a couple of Group 3s in Adelaide, as the SA Breeders Stakes (1200 m, 2YO set weight) and the SA Chairman’s Stakes (2000 m, 3YO set weight) mark the beginning of high level winter racing at Morphettville.
The first weekend of May will see some Group 2 and 3 action at Gold Coast, but Group 1 junkies will be focused on Morphettville, where two Group 1s highlight the big meeting for the year.
The Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200 m, fillies and mares, w.f.a) and the Australasian Oaks (2000 m, 3YO fillies, set weight) lead the way to open May.
Later in the month, Morphettville has the Group 1 SA Derby and the Goodwood.
The end of the month is devoted to Brisbane, where the resurrected Eagle Farm will host the first big racing since the track was declared sufficiently rehabilitated to handle racing once again in late 2018.