Wake Us Up in August for Group 1 Memsie Stakes

It might be tempting to say that the bookies got it wrong when favourite In Her Time crossed the line third in the final Group 1 race of the 2016 – 2017 Australian thoroughbred racing season, but it should be remembered that the prices the bookies offer is merely a reflection of the punters whose money determined which horses were properly backed and which were neglected.

Tycoon Tara won the Tatt’s Tiara, properly known as the Winter Stakes, is a weight-for-age affair. Due to its relatively young age, the race has had only one multiple winner, Bonanova in 1999 and 2000.

Tycoon Tara, driven by Kerrin McEvoy, crossed the line first, paying $19 to astute handicappers of horseflesh.

With Group racing finished for the year, it is not too soon to look ahead to the 2017 – 2018 racing season, when the end of August will feature Caulfield racecourse and the running of the all-gender, weight-for-age 1400 m Group 1 Memsie Stakes.

Black Heart Bart won the 2016 edition of the Memsie Stakes, as he was supposed to do, given the modest $2.00 dividend he paid.

The race is slightly older than the Winter Stakes, but shares the similarity of having only one two-time winner, that being Sunline in 2001 and 2002. Before she became Australia’s most famous stayer, Makybe Diva won the race in 2005, just months before she would take the Cox Plate and her third Melbourne Cup.

The Memsie Stakes is considered a form guide for the Cox Plate. Along with Makybe Diva and Sunline, So You Think, El Segundo and Dane Ripper won the race and added the Cos Plate to their resumes.

That form has been thrown out in recent times, thanks to the arrival of Winx. She has never run the Memsie Stakes; in fact, she has only appeared one time at Caulfield, in October of 2016, when she won the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes, where only Black Heart Bart and He Or She had the courage to race her.

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