Triple Crown prepare stakes race assault
As Australia’s Leading Syndicator of Group race wins since 2010, excitement is again building at Triple Crown as the team prepare to target a host of stakes races for their owners over the coming days.
Unfortunately the ‘barrier gods’ have been very unkind this weekend to the team in red but it is a big thrill for our owners to have horses deserving of competing at the elite level which is stakes racing. All of these horses are good enough to make their presence felt but will obviously need a little luck in the running from those tricky gates.
First up will be MILITARY ZONE, who lines up in the Listed Scone Cup (1600m) on Friday. Christian Reith is booked to ride the dual Group 3 winner, who impressed in winning a maintenance trial at Randwick last week. A strong performance here will likely see him head north for a shot at the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap a few weeks later.
Military Zone will be joined on Friday’s Scone card by SEDONA, who comes back in trip to 1100m for the Class 1 Handicap.
Frustratingly, neither horse has been done any favours by the draw, with Military Zone handed barrier 12 and Sedona even wider in barrier 19. Hopefully some horses drawn inside of them come out between now and race time!
On to Saturday at Rosehill where, unfortunately, the barrier gods have been equally as unkind to our team heading out to Sydney’s west.
BRAVE SONG has drawn 10 of 11 for the Listed Luskin Star Stakes (1300m), a race in which he finished second to subsequent Group 1 winner Trekking last year.
We know he appreciates getting to the outside where he can let down strongly, so fingers crossed James McDonald can use the wide barrier to his advantage and go one better than 12 months ago.
MOSS TRIP is perhaps the only one to escape with a favourable draw, after she was handed barrier 5 in the Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m).
She’s third up going into this assignment and should be peaking fitness wise, so with a bit of luck we’re hopeful she can show that devastating turn of foot and give this a shake.
Elsewhere on the card, the ultra-tough MILITARY MAGIC will have her first crack at black-type in what looks a fiercely competitive renewal of the Listed Denise’s Joy Stakes (1100m).
This progressive daughter of Epaulette has taken great improvement from her first-up run at Warwick Farm, the only time she has tasted defeat in four starts, and is bound to deliver her trademark gutsy performance.
Best of luck to all our owners in each horse and let’s hope we can come away from the weekend with some stakes race success!