Review Of The Sydney & Melbourne Spring Carnival Racing

August 30th, 2010

The action of the Spring Racing Carnivals stepped up a notch over the weekend, with several upcoming stars of the spring dominating the Melbourne and Sydney events.

Sydney’s Rosehill Gardens Racecourse hosted its highlight day of the carnival – the Golden Rose Stakes Day – which was of course headlined by the $1 million Golden Rose (1400m) itself.

Most horseracing fans were keen to see the return of Crystal Lily to the track for the spring, and Masquerader dominate after a solid first up run in the $125,000 Group Three The Run To The Rose (1300m).

However it was the Rick Hore-Lacy-trained Toorak Toff which claimed the prestigious win, defeating the second-placed Squamosa by half a neck.

Ilovethiscity finished third, with less than a length and a half separating the first six finishers with Masquerader and Crystal Lily finished seventh and 11th respectively.

The other feature at Rosehill was the $125,000 Group Three Concorde Stakes (1100m) which saw a devastating win by Reward For Effort.

The Peter Moody-trained runner defeated Winter King by two lengths, which finished back in second. Trusting finished third.

The victory marked the four-year-olds’ return to top quality racing, with Moody signalling the ultimate spring goal is a Group One win in the Manikato Stakes (1200m) on September 24.

Over in Melbourne and the Caulfield Racecourse was home to some thrilling racing too, most notably the star studded line up in the $200,000 Group Two Memsie Stakes (1400m).

So You Think embarked on his spring carnival in the 2010 Memsie Stakes, his first jump since the Emirates Stakes in November last year. The four-year-old was simply superb, sending a warning to other up-and-coming spring stars with a length victory over Whobegotyou in second.

Shoot Out was tipped as the winner of the 2010 Memsie Stakes, but finished third. The Group Two JJ Liston Stakes (1400m) winner looked over raced, and couldn’t compete with his likely rival of the spring features.

There is plenty more action coming up this weekend in the Spring Racing Carnivals. Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse will see three Group races run the track, most notably the $150,000 Group Two Chelmsford Stakes (1600m).

In Melbourne, the Flemington Racecourse will host the Sofitel Girls Day Out which sees the $400,000 Group Two Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) dominate the action.