- All the Spring Carnival horses to watch for 2019
- Nominations from pro punters Trevor Lawson, Mark Rhoden, Mark Van Triet and The Professor
We’re fast closing in on the best time of the year: spring racing.
It’s only three weeks until the first Group 1 of the new racing season, the Winx Stakes over 1400 metres at Randwick.
As the good horses return from the spelling paddock, we asked our pro punters to nominate their spring stars… the horses they expect will make headlines in big races over the next few months. There are, of course, some obvious nominations, but there’s a few others that will be worth keeping an eye on.
Without further ado…
4YO mare trained by Chris Waller
WON Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m), Randwick, April 2019
WON Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m), Rosehill, March 2019
WON Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m), Rosehill, March 2019
Mark Van Triet, WA Winners: “Dominant filly who was very immature in the Spring, then still did a few things wrong in the Autumn but her staying class shone through. Capable in all conditions and races such as The Metropolitan and Caulfield Cup look genuine targets.”
It is deadset rammed @royalrandwick! Verry Elleegant makes verry light work of them
— ChampionBets.com.au (@ChampionBetsAU) April 13, 2019
4YO mare trained by Chris Waller
WON Group 1 Kingston Town Stakes (1800m), Ascot, December 2018
WON Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m), Ascot, November 2019
WON Group 3 WA Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m), Ascot, November 2018
Mark Rhoden, NSW Winners: “Champion WA filly (now a mare), now with Chris Waller for an Eastern campaign. It’ll be great to have her based and racing in NSW. She’s entered in everything at the moment, but the big money on offer in The Everest and The Golden Eagle will surely tempt the connections. On figures, she’ll be competitive in anything she races in… the only question is whether she reproduces that form against the stronger opposition she’ll encounter on this side of the country.”
— Sky Racing World (@SkyRacingWorld) December 8, 2018
4YO mare trained by Adam Trinder
WON All-Star Mile (1600m), Flemington, March 2019
WON Australian Guineas (1600m), Flemington, March 2019
Trevor Lawson, Melbourne Ratings: “On my ratings she had the two highest figures for a three-year-old last season in the Australian Guineas and the All-Star Mile. And she’s a winner, with 10 wins from 13 starts over distances from 1000m to 1600m.”
“She’s only a young filly and she’s on an upwards spiral.”
— 7HorseRacing 🐎 (@7horseracing) March 16, 2019
4YO gelding trained by Les Bridge
WON Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m), Randwick, April 2019
Mark Rhoden, NSW Winners: “Should be unbeaten after four runs. Kicked off his career with two of the highest rating wins I’ve seen on the Kensington track before having a torrid run and lowering his colours to Krone at Rosehill. Bounced straight back to his best in the Arrowfield during The Championships to round out his first preparation. Being owned by Hong Kong interests, there was a strong possibility he would be shipped to Asia, but his owners bought an Everest slot for the horse instead – a great result for our racing. I’m very keen to see if he can live up to the potential he showed in that first campaign.”
That turn of foot! Check out TAB Everest contender Classique Legend in full flight! His last start victory in The Arrowfield 3YO Sprint was simply breathtaking 👇👇 pic.twitter.com/M2kRHkV8G5
— TAB (@tabcomau) May 8, 2019
4YO gelding trained by Tony Gollan
WON Listed Gold Edition 3YO Plate (1200m), Doomben, December 2018
The Professor, Queensland Winners: “One of the most exciting horses to come out of Brisbane in a long time. Has won six from six and done it with a leg in the air on most occasions. Had one run in the Queensland Winter Carnival, winning a 3YO Open Race by 1.3 lengths, beating Plague Stone and Jami Lady over 1200m.
“We’ve seen horses like Houtzen and Winter Bride travel down to Victoria in recent springs and win at Group 3 level, and I have Zoustyle ahead of both of these horses by some margin at the same stage in their careers. What sets him apart from your run-of-the-mill sprinters is his ability to run fast sectionals at both ends of the race. He has proven that he can do this not only over the 1000m but also up to the 1200m, which is always a big query for these types of speedy, front-running sprinters.
“Obviously will have to take a step-up in grade to be competitive in the Victorian Spring but looks the type of horse could make that jump. Trainer Tony Gollan is eyeing off an Everest slot and will resume the horse in the Group 3 Concorde over 1000m at Randwick. With the news that the winner of the Schillaci Stakes over 1100m at Caulfield will get an automatic entry into the Everest, that could be a big target for Zoustyle as well. I’ll be watching with great interest how he goes this spring.”
“IMPRESSIVE HORSE…THERE’S MORE TO COME FROM HIM” – Greg Radley caught up with a proud Tony Gollan after the impressive win by Zoustyle and talks future plans for this exciting 3YO @tonygollan @BrisRacingClub @racing_qld @RaceQLD. pic.twitter.com/trIBtqOrzE
— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) May 18, 2019
3YO colt trained by Chris Waller
SECOND Group 1 JJ Atkins Plate (1600m), Eagle Farm, June 2019
Mark Van Triet, WA Winners: “Lightly raced colt from the Waller stable who registered good late numbers in both wins, then was arguably unlucky covering plenty of extra ground to finish narrowly behind Prince Fawaz in the G1 JJ Atkins. Looks a likely Caulfield Guineas type.”
— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) May 18, 2019
4YO horse trained by Team Hawkes
WON Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m), Randwick, April 2019
Trevor Lawson, Melbourne Ratings: “Had the second-highest rating for a three-year-old on my scale when running second to Winx in the George Ryder, before producing a high figure with only 49.5 kgs in the Doncaster. Lookss ideally suited in races up to 1600m.”
The #GoldenEagle is a truly exciting new Spring Feature from @racing_nsw and one runner who has shot to the top of the market is the @HawkesRacing-trained Brutal. Here he is winning this year’s Doncaster Mile in commanding fashion! pic.twitter.com/gkZ1CJr0Yj
— TAB (@tabcomau) June 15, 2019
3YO filly trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace
SECOND Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m), Randwick, April 2019
SECOND Group 1 ATC Sires Produce (1400m), Randwick, April 2019
Mark Van Triet, WA Winners: “Raced with little luck at the highest level in the Autumn, yet wasn’t beaten more than two lengths in four G1 races. Trained at Caulfield… the Thousand Guineas looks her race.”
👀 the MASSIVE run of Loving Gaby in the #GoldenSlipper again.
— The Race Guide (@TheRaceGuide) April 5, 2019
Begood Toya Mother
5YO gelding trained by Daniel Bowman
WON BM84 Handicap (1440m), Caulfield, June 2016
Trevor Lawson, Melbourne Ratings: “Produced quality ratings past three runs before spell. Will get into the handicap races with a light weight. Looks suited to races like the Rupert Clarke and the Toorak Handicap.”
Begood Toya Mother (1st) looked good in his trial over 800m at @horshamracing this morning. Bravo Tango for @Freedmanmitch ran on strongly for 3rd while Malaguerra @LSmithRacing had an easy time back in 4th. @Country_Racing @Racing pic.twitter.com/dhy9Xk731s
— Peter Morganti (@morgzracing) July 31, 2019
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