Autumn Carnival plans take shape with strongest ever Triple Crown team
IT doesn’t take long to go from the Spring to the Autumn and the return of racing at the very highest level, and Triple Crown Syndications will be represented by their biggest ever team at the Autumn Carnival extravaganza across both Sydney and Melbourne.
A string of 11 horses will have been targeted at Stakes races throughout the Summer/Autumn period, with The Everest winner Redzel making a first-up return in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes on February 17 at Flemington. That race is en-route to his target of the $2.5 Million Group 1 TJ Smith on April 7 at Royal Randwick.
Brave Song, a convincing winner of his last two starts, returns on Saturday in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes at Warwick Farm, with the three-year-old earmarked for loftier targets as the Carnival progresses.
The Inglis Classic is a race Triple Crown Syndications have won three times in the last nine years, with Peggy Jean, Cavalry Rose and Miss Independent saluting in The Red, and this year we have two contenders for the race in the Bjorn Baker-trained pair of Ta Chanson and Ballistica, who may well progress onto bigger targets with a good performance.
In Melbourne, three-year-old filly Wooshka is set for the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes at Caulfield over 1200m, and Island Missile, second in the Gosford Guineas on January 18, takes on the Group 2 Autumn Stakes on his way to the Group 1 Australian Guineas, completing a busy day of Stakes action for the Triple Crown team of owners on Saturday.
Looking further ahead, and $1 Million earner Dothraki looks set for a return in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes on February 17.
And keep an eye out for three-year-old filly Moss Trip, who could well feature in a big race of the Autumn.
Plenty of excitement to get stuck into over the next couple of months, and best of luck to all owners during the Autumn Carnival period!