Big Weekend For Triple Crown At Eagle Farm

Photo: Miss Hellfire

Triple Crown Syndications are taking a three-pronged approach to tackling Stradbroke Handicap Day, Brisbane’s premier race day at Eagle Farm.

The first runner on the day to be sporting the famous red Triple Crown silks will be the highly talented Miss Hellfire (photo above) who will be contesting Race 2, the Listed Hinkler Stakes over 1200m. Last time out, Miss Hellfire ran well without troubling the winner at Eagle Farm a fortnight ago. It was only a couple of starts prior that she ran an enormous race to place in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes at Royal Randwick. Jason Collet is on board and they jump from barrier 2 which should see her getting an economical run just behind the leaders. Miss Hellfire goes into this race as an each-way chance and looking for her first win in stakes company and to taker her career prizemoney earnings past a lofty $700,000.

The next Triple Crown runner for the day will be the exciting Annabel Neasham trained juvenile, Aemelius, who takes her opportunity in Race 6, the Group 1 JJ Atkins over 1600m with Tyler Schiller in the saddle. The 2yo daughter of Hellbent, is still in her first racing preparation and her ascent to Group 1 racing has been rapid. Aemelius’ career has started with a bang, after being held up for a run on debut, she came out and blew her rivals away at the next start at Royal Randwick, slashing home from last to first. She then stepped up to stakes company at Eagle Farm last week in the Listed Pheonix Stakes where she was set a very tough task when asked to extend out in front which didn’t suit her. Aemelius was courageous to hold on for a valuable 2nd placing. This Saturday sees her on the 7 day back-up which is not an easy task for a 2yo but she appears to have bounced through last week’s tough run well. If that proves correct under race pressure, she should also present as a nice each-way chance. A top 3 finish in this Group 1 feature would be invaluable to her owners.

Photo: Aemelius’ owners after her slashing win at Royal Randwick. Source: Bradley Photos

The final Triple Crown runner for Stradbroke Day will be the high-class mare, Revolutionary Miss. She lines up in Race 7, the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes over 1300m. The 4yo mare has spent her whole career competing at the highest level. She is a multiple Group 2 winner and multiple Group 1 second placegetter who has amassed over $1.5m in prizemoney. Last start saw her run very well in the Helen Coughlan Stakes at Eagle Farm a fortnight ago, the same race as Miss Hellfire. She loomed up strongly in the early stages of the straight before her condition gave way over the concluding stages. She is a mare who typically takes at least 3 runs to be hitting the peak of her powers, which this preparation coincides with next fortnight’s Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara. She will no doubt be improved for her first-up effort and the slight increase in distance into Saturday’s race will also be an advantage. In form jockey, Michael Dee has a good relationship with this mare and they are expected to be very competitive in this race with one eye on her main goal in 2 weeks time.

Photo: Revolutionary Miss’ owners talking tactics before her 2nd in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes.

Win, lose or draw it is an exciting day for Triple Crown and all their owners to have their horses racing. The Brisbane Winter Carnival is one of the great carnivals on the calendar and this year has been no different.