Racing round-up – Where to next for the winners out of Moonee Valley and Randwick on August 3?
- Racing was at Moonee Valley and Randwick on August 3.
- Who were the major players and where are they headed next?
Racing was at Moonee Valley and Randwick on Saturday August 3.
With the spring carnival just around the corner we review the day and take a look at where the major players are headed next.
Usain bowls them over
One of the key races at Moonee Valley was the Four’N Twenty Handicap (1200m) for the sprinters and it was Usain Bowler that gobbled up his rivals in the concluding stages, powering past Beautiful Flyer and Tavisan.
The John Sadler galloper was second up heading into the race and despite missing out in some Group 1 races in the autumn, he might be set for another crack at the top level with the Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) a possibility later on.
Three-year-olds to follow
The new season three-year-olds stepped out earlier on the Moonee Valley programme and it was Condo’s Express that landed the prize against the colts and geldings in Race 1 over the 1000m, while the Hayes and Dabernig galloper, Taraayef, was too good for the fillies in the next race, also over the 1000m.
Taraayef will have her next start at Moonee Valley on August 24 before targeting the Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) at the same track on September 7.
Other notable performers at the venue included New Universe, who was one of three winners for jockey Linda Meech, while More Than Ever saluted for Jamie Kah in what was a top day for female jockeys around the country.
There was plenty of interest in how the new season three-year-olds would go at Randwick and in the opening race it was a victory for Mandela at what was his third career start. In a messy affair, the Snowden galloper overcame Art Collection and Edison.
Mandela will continue to take on his age group over the next month or so. The Snowden stable enjoyed an early double as Misteed claimed the following race, holding out the unlucky True Detective.
In the Jockey Celebration Day Handicap (1200m) it was Roheryn that scored a tidy victory as a short price favourite in what was his first run since late last year. The Godolphin galloper will continue to progress through the grades and all going well he may be seen in the Epsom (1600m) later in the year.
Group racing returns on Saturday August 10 for the running of the Missile Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill, while at Flemington, the Aurie’s Star Stakes (1200m) is the feature.