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Stakes Review and a Big Week 16

by Tony Baker posted 5 weeks 5 days ago

A late entry brought together a field of 9 for the Hungry Stakes raced over 1 1/8 miles at Trial Park in Week 15.

Peter Quill’s 4YO Gelding Helium was the winner by a clear margin of 1 1/4 lengths. Starting from gate 5 Helium looks like he will lead all the way and finished the race with an 87 speed figure. Helium is sired by Take Me Up and was bred by Cleo Patra and is out of the Two Toned mare Remember Me. I researched Remember Me and woah she was a $2 million earner herself on the circuit and according to the progeny tab has also produced another $2 million earner called Speak Of Me.

Goldeneer raced by James a Roush ran 2nd. Starting from gate 3 he settled back off the pace (I think according to the 1st/2nd/3rd call) before making a late surge to finish 1 ¼ lengths behind with a speed figure of 80. He is a 6YO Horse sired by Imagineer and bred by Keith Place out of a Golden Horn mare Gold Constilation. She was a 3 time winner and according to the progeny tab Goldeneer has been her highest earner.

James a Roush’s other runner Gail War rounded out the top 3 places finishing 3rd. He is a Wizarding War gelding bred by Lucas Davenport out a of Abandon Ship mare Andrea Gail. He also settled off the pace from gate 8 and made a late run to 3 ¼ lengths behind the winner (If I read the results information correctly).

Racing honors for the day definitely went to Peter Quill as his other stakes runner St. Annabelle won the Tired Stakes previewed yesterday with an 80 speed figure in that small field of 4 runners. At a quick look Peter won 17 of the 34 races at Trial Park held this week.

The focus next week will definitely fall on the race announced and sponsored by Ryan Whitehead a Turf Route race called the “Restored Royalty Stakes” this race will be run over 1 ¼ miles or 2000 meters (A very popular distance for turf routers in Australia at Weight For Age level) and will carry a $500,000 Purse. Wow. As a result entries are filling up fast.

I am a what we call a (glass half full) type of guy. In that where as I would love to have a runner in it I am also more than happy to sit back and watch it all unfold and learn from it. I’m also very excited to see how my first entries perform in some of the week 16 races at Trial Park.

Week 16 also brings the last week of racing at Trial Park for the season and someone has told me there is a 2 or 3 week gap until racing starts again. My initial thought was OMG what am I going to do, more reading and research and a chance to attend some of the races during our Spring Carnival.

Many have also talked about the big races held during week 16 (Steward’s Cup?) I am a breeding fan in real life and I assume that is where the best in breeding steps out for the major carnivals here the same occurs for the week 16 stakes races in this game and I will be watching and taking notes breeding-wise with great interest.

Happy Racing and good luck in yours.

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