Racing round-up- Where to next for the winners out of Flemington and Randwick on July 20?
- Racing was at Flemington and Randwick on July 20.
- Who were the major players and where are they headed next?
Racing was at Flemington and Randwick on Saturday July 20.
With the spring just around the corner, we take a look at where the major players out of the respective venues are headed next.
Huntly Castle a youngster to follow
A number of promising two-year-olds lined up in the Byerley Handicap (1800m) and were tested over the distance for the first time.
It was the Hayes and Dabernig-trained Huntly Castle that relished the step up in trip, powering away to win by nearly two lengths from Marndarra, while Presently was more than four lengths further away in 3rd position.
Huntly Castle, who was stepping up from a 1600m Maiden win at Bendigo, will be put aside for the short term and will target the Victoria Derby (2500m) later on this year.
Lord Belvedere claims the Harry White Handicap (2500m)
The stayers lined up in the Harry White Handicap and it was Lord Belvedere that proved to be a class above his rivals. The former import put it all together at what was just his third run in Australia since coming over from the U.K, defeating his stablemate, The Statesman, by two lengths.
The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained galloper is another that will be aimed at some of the big spring races with the stable keen to have a crack at the Bart Cummings (2500m). If that goes well then an appearance in the Melbourne Cup (3200m) isn’t out of the question.
Sylvia’s Mother was another notable winner at Flemington, taking out the Trainers Trust Handicap (1200m) despite giving away a big start. The winning Team Hawkes stable will look for some Group races for the daughter of Snitzel.
Haut Brion Her upsets Sir Elton
One of the big talking points out of the Randwick meeting was the performance of Haut Brion Her, who gunned down the $1.65 favourite in Race 3, Sir Elton. Sent out a $3.40 second favourite, the Chris Waller-trained galloper was too good under the hands and heels and is another that looks as though she will measure up to some spring assignments.
Meanwhile, the two-year-old, Excellent Proposal, confirmed himself as a Golden Rose (1400m) prospect by claiming the opening the opening race of the day for the two-year-olds, maintaining his unbeaten start to his career.
Group racing returns on Saturday July 27 for the running of the Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield, while at Rosehill the Winter Challenge (1500m) is the feature.