2019 Spring Carnival Tips – Five horses to follow for the Spring Carnival

  • Five horses to follow for the Spring Carnival 

The Spring Carnival is just around the corner and with plenty of great racing on the horizon, we take a look at five horses to follow throughout the Spring. 
Mystic Journey The superstar daughter of Needs Further, Mystic Journey was our number one horse to follow for the Autumn Carnival and she is again the best horse to follow with an eye to the Spring Carnival. She blew her rivals away in the Autumn, bolting in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) before sitting three-wide with no cover and still running 12.3 lengths above benchmark to defeat Hartnell and Alizee in the All-Star Mile. She returned with an outstanding trial win at Devenport, running her last 600m in 33.51s under a complete stranglehold. The owner of Mystic Journey, Wayne Roser spoke to RadioTAB earlier in the week, outlining a possible Spring program that will include the Bletchingly Stakes on July 27 (weather permitting) then the Memsie Stakes, Makybe Diva Stakes, Turnbull Stakes and the Cox Plate. She will also be nominated for both the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup, although a start in either of those races seems unlikely. 
Classique Legend The Les Bridge-trained Classique Legend will be shipped off to Hong Kong at the end of his Spring preparation but the gelding can still make an impact on the big sprint races in his short time left in Australia. He was backed as if literally unbeatable at his second start at Randwick, opening $1.50 and start closer to $1.22. He stepped up to listed grade at his third-start and it was a horrible ride from Kerrin McEvoy, leaving him four-wide on a speed that was 5.6 lengths above benchmark to the 600m and he just found Krone and Wild Planet too strong late. We saw the real Classique Legend last start in the Group 2 Arrowfield Sprint (1200m), he was given a peach of a ride from KMac and he won in a breeze, running his last 600m 10.9 lengths above benchmark for an overall figure of 9.1 lengths above benchmark. He already has his slot in The Everest locked up and if he keeps improving, I see no reason why he wouldn’t be competitive in that field. 
Flit James Cummings has an outstanding crop of two-year-olds (soon to be three-year-olds) with Kiamichi winning the Golden Slipper, Microphone winning the Sires’ Produce and Tenley winning the Group 2 Reisling Stakes but I’m projecting that the daughter of Medaglia D’Oro, Flit will be the best of a very good bunch going forward. I thought her effort to deadheat the Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes was outstanding, she was travelling like the winner a long way out but Dunn was too pretty on her and it allowed Ollie to wind up on Ready Set Sail and get much closer than he was probably entitled to. She then progressed to the Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) at Randwick and it was a very rare poor James McDonald ride that cost her the race. She sat back last off an average tempo and was still last, 6.3 lengths off the leader and winner Anaheed at the 400m but JMac didn’t show any urgency to get into the race, she flew home running the fourth-fastest last 200m of the meeting, fifth-fastest last 400m of the meeting and eighth-fastest last 800m of a meeting that included four Group One races. I will be following her through her spring campaign. 
Super Seth The Anthony Freedman-trained Super Seth is a horse I’m very keen to follow as he returns for his three-year-old preparation. He was a big, raw colt at his three runs in his two-year-old season. He sat wide and bolted in by six-lengths on debut at Ballarat before progressing to a two-year-old race at Caulfield and winning from a seemingly impossible position. He towelled up Stand To Attention, who had the perfect run along the fence and had form around the very smart galloper Prince Of Sussex. On a day at Caulfield that included a 1100m listed race and a 1000m open event with the likes of Propelle, Halvorsen, Leiter and Columbus Circle, he ran the sixth-fastest last 200m of the meeting and 16th-fastest last 400m of the meeting. I’m completely forgiving his last start failure at Flemington as a $1.40 favourite. It was his first time at Flemington and his first time leading, at a tempo that was 9.9 lengths below benchmark to the 600m. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Anthony Freedman target him at a race like the Caulfield Guineas and I will be watching futures markets closely. 
Fifty Stars I don’t think we have seen the best of Fifty Stars and I’m hopeful that It’s this Spring Carnival where he puts it all together. He pulled up with a respiratory issue first-up for the Lindsay Park stable in the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) before going onto win the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1400m), running a terrific figure of 12.1 lengths above benchmark and the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill, running the fifth-fastest last 200m of the meeting and sixth-fastest last 400m of the meeting. I think the fact he started $6.00 in the G1 Doncaster Mile with Jye McNeil on board from barrier 20, against the likes of Brutal, Hartnell and Kluger is a really good indication of just how talented some good judges believe this horse is. I hope Lindsay Park step him up over a trip this Spring, as I believe he could be a better horse over 2000m.