Victorian Racehorses Accustomed to Success in Sydney.
The success of the Victoria-based thoroughbreds in the recent 2017 autumn events around Sydney might seem like a rare instance of good fortune, but at the Group 1 level, there is plenty of historical evidence to suggest otherwise.
This go ‘round, Victorian racehorses figured prominently in the proceedings, winning 13 of the stakes races contested, with three Group 1s in the bargain.
The year previous, it was five Group 1s that fell to the tourists from the south. Tivaci, Michael Moroney’s 4YO bay horse out of Randwick, managed to deny the All Aged Stakes to a Victorian, getting the better of Le Romain, based at Newcastle.
The Mission did manage to secure the ATC Champagne Stakes to give Victoria’s Paul Perry a fourth Group 1 for the Victorians, offering a nice payday to any punter who took the $9.00 jumping price. The $1.85 favourite, Invader, could not live up to the billing, despite the efforts of champion jockey Hugh Bowman.
To equal last year’s haul, Big Duke will have to win the rescheduled Group 1 Sydney Cup for Darren Weir, which would also serve to give one of Melbourne’s premier trainers an inaugural Sydney win.
Victorian racehorses took five Group 1s in 2015, and the tally for the last seven Sydney autumn carnivals has shown a history of success during five of those carnivals, where five Group 1 wins was the form.