Reds Breeding Stud returns to defend his title in today’s The So You Think Cup at Sydney Harbour Racecourse.
The son of Blue Tyndareus Reds King Arthur, won’t have things his own way as he bumps some big names from top stables. The field this season includes the class in Track King’s most prestigious classic race for three year olds. Reds King Arthur looks fit enough to launch a bold bid for the double.
A smart second behind Grand Prix Stakes winner Secret Emperor last season, was followed by a impressive win in his last start in the heat on Saturday. Fit and well drawn with Shari Mealor up, Skip Away must be a massive runner.
Dixon Racing’s Secret Emperor came good at his penultimate start when winning the Grand Prix Stakes. On his best form, he could go very close to winning this but he has proven slightly inconsistent.
Desert Wind Stables has Seaside Scandal in the race, the three year old daughter of The Queen’s Affair ran a commendable third to Reds King Arthur in the heat and if anywhere near fitness, could challenge for honours.
Furiosa, this consistent daughter of Not Too Soon, could make it a memorable race for the Karaka Breeders stable if putting her best foot forward.
All In, the runner from the Blackjack Farms is a class galloper, always a danger and showed his resolution and ability with good placed efforts.
The two runners from the Raspadora Lodge stable, Vivacite and Hard Call has drawn wide and may lack a length or two to be a winning prospect in this class.
Dictator is difficult to gauge but has a very definite come on look about her. Bassman Coney and Reds Itachi Uchica are still a maidens after 5 starts and might battle in this field.
It’s an open race beyond that and any one of the class acts could run out of their skin.
|1||3,5,2,1||Skip Away||Troublemaker’s||Shari Mealor||N/A|
|2||4,2,6,1||Reds King Arthur||Reds Breeding Stud||Jody Schulenberg||N/A|
|3||2,6,1,2||Secret Emperor||Dixon Racing||Pierre Strydom||N/A|
|4||3,11,7,8,7||Bassman Coney||Back in black||Oralee Eliassen||N/A|
|5||1,1,3||Seaside Scandal||Desert Wind Stables||!Norine Whelihan!||N/A|
|6||1,1,4||Dictator||win the day||Alla Shiba||N/A|
|7||9,2,10,9,6||Reds Itachi Uchiha||Frankel Farm||Judith Eakes||N/A|
|8||1,3,3,2||Furiosa||Karaka Breeders||Cyrus Banas||N/A|
|9||5,4||All In||Blackjack Farms||!Alfonso Dunfee!||N/A|
|10||1,4,5||Vivacite||Raspadora Lodge||Germaine Asselmeier||N/A|
|11||5,12,2,5||Hard Call||Raspadora Lodge||Emelda Goettig||N/A|
|12||13,4,6||Dexy Midniterunner||Jem Enterprises||Cleta Ploszaj||N/A|
Pre-race comments from:
Dixon Racing – “This is a very tough field with winning chances going to at least half a dozen. Emperor is proving to be a difficult horse to work with and for that reason I’m not too confident – if we can iron out his issues in the final then he has a place chance.”
win the day – “I’m going to try some new race instructions and see what happens.”
Reds Breeding Stud – “King Arthur always seems to run well above his rating and his qualifier was no different, I am beyond happy with him, still taking on horses as much as 6 or more than him in the final will be a huge ask.”
Karaka Breeders – “Furiosa was beaten convincingly in the heat and would’ve to improve a lot to trouble in the final. But I feel this jockey doesn’t suit my needs space filly. Will have more than my fingers crossed for the final. Turning out to be an elite field of 3yo long horses. May the best horse win!”
Raspadora Lodge – “Vivacite – Am looking forward to seeing this race as it’s a tricky line-up, and am sure there was plenty of ‘hedging’ going on last week! That said, my bloke is a class below these, and he wasn’t hedging – unfortunately!
Hard Call – A further class below, last place beckons. I always run in this race when I can as it is my favourite Cup on the calender (thanks Hareeba). Am hoping that one day I’ll be smart enough to train up a horse that can win it!”
Desert Wind Stables – “Had mainly focused on training towards epic races but hoping she can improve on her heat time.”
Blackjack Farms – “3yo racing is always a gamble. Sometimes you just have to go All In!”