The pressure of a Group One race day was seen on Saturday with no shortage of unhappy trainers, jockeys and owners due to the pattern of racing on the day at Caulfield. Wherever you went there were people blowing up and MRC officials felt the wrath of disgruntled participants.
The track historically over summer plays to on-pacers but it was exacerbated with the fence the golden spot.
The MRC is conscious of this and works hard to set the track up not to play in that fashion but over the summer months it still repeats. Funnily enough when the rails is off there’s little reaction but when it’s it an on-pace bias there’s a stack of jumping up and down.
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Streets of Avalon got the better of Super Seth down the straight. Picture: AAP ImagesSource:AAP
It was another great weekend for the girls. It started on Friday night when Georgie Cartwright’s love affair with The Valley continued as she rode her first Group 3 winner when she was successful on Mrs Catherine in the Typhoon Tracy Stakes. She’s ridden 11 winners at the Valley now and five this season at 20%. Linda Meech then continued the great run of female jockeys in recent times with a win in the Oakleigh Plate on Pippie.
Picnic star Howling Wolf chalked up his 19th victory when he won at Woolamai on the weekend but it was the fact he carried 77 kilograms, a weight carrying record, was the noteworthy aspect.
Shane Nichols isn’t sure what’s left for his warrior Streets Of Avalon after his Group 1 win other than the All-Star Mile but he’s got a plan in place to win his third Group One race with promising mare Tahitian Dancer. Nichols said Tahitian Dancer would resume in the Hareeba Stakes at Mornington on March 21. Then she would run in the Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphettville in May and then the Tatt’s Tiara at Eagle Farm in June. Damien Oliver is committed to riding her in those races.
Flying mare Pippie carved out an amazing 30.97 seconds for the 600m between the 1000m and the 400m. He’ll Haunt Us in winning claimed the fastest last 200m for the day coming home in 10.97 seconds. The eyebrow raising last 200m for the day came from the Busuttin/Young stayer Mirage Dancer who his last 200m in the Peter Young Stakes in 11.08 seconds which was the second fastest for the meeting. Pandemic, who was in the wrong part of the track, ran the fastest last 400m of the meeting recording 21.73 seconds.
Damien Oliver was suspended for 10 meetings in the final race for careless riding with 1600m to go when not clear of Regal Power. He’s chosen to fulfil his commitment to ride Chenier next Saturday in the Australian Guineas and will begin his suspension after that meeting and he will miss the Australian Cup and Newmarket Handicap meeting.
Going to be a huge day at Flemington next Saturday with the Australian Guineas and Blamey Stakes. Racing for the week starts off at Bendigo tomorrow. Then there’s three days of day/night double headers with Terang/Sandown Hillside on Wednesday, Kilmore/Pakenham on Thursday and Sale/The Valley on Friday.
Originally published asMonday Racebook: Why everyone at Caulfield was angry
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