Three states, four Stakes runners – a thrilling weekend awaits for Triple Crown owners
THE depth and breadth of the Triple Crown team has been exceptional since the turn of the year, and on Saturday that is no greater reflected by the FOUR Stakes runners across three states that will be vying for glory in The Red.
Stalwart Dothraki bids for a fourth Group 3 success when he takes on the TAB Hall Mark Stakes at Randwick on Saturday, a race that Triple Crown Syndications have won twice in the past four years, through Hot Snitzel in 2015 and Redzel 12 months ago.
Joining the $1.3 Million earner at Randwick is fellow Mossman offspring Moss Trip, who after her superb effort in the Group 1 Surround Stakes looks to capitalise at Group 3 level in the JH Carr Stakes over 1400m.
Charlie Boy, who contested the 2013 Golden Slipper along with Dothraki, returns for another preparation with Tony Gollan in Brisbane having ended his last with victory at Ipswich, and goes in the Listed Ascot Handicap at Doomben.
And chasing Black Type in Melbourne is Secret Trail, who after a barnstorming run to finish fourth in the Group 3 Maurice McCarten Stakes behind winner Dothraki, looks to strike in the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes for the Snowden Racing stable.
Tye Angland, who has steered the seven-year-old to hos last two victories, is once again in the saddle where Dothraki looks to be weighted nicely for the race.
Dothraki heads into Saturday’s race as the TAB market favourite for the 1200m sprint and co-trainer Peter Snowden has been delighted with his recent efforts both on the track and at home.
“I was really happy with his work heading into the race and he’s in very good order,” said Snowden. “He looks well and is working well and in his last couple of races he’s shown real fight.
“It looks a nice race for him on paper and as he looks really well in at the weights for this race. Hopefully we can get that outright win that he deserves on Saturday!”
Meanwhile Snowden added that Moss Trip was ‘very sharp’ in her work ahead of Saturday’s Group 3 contest.
“She worked strongly on Tuesday and is in good order,” said Snowden. “She might not get her preferred surface as the rain didn’t really materialize but she was very sharp in her final piece of work.
“I thought her trial was excellent at Gosford and she’s very much going the right way. Fingers crossed we can get a nice result on Saturday.”