On this most glamourous weekend of racing, there’s no doubting the horse that will get the biggest cheer…and it will come in the most unlikely place…DOOMBEN.

 Courtesy of her thousand miRunners owners LYRICAL GIRL is quickly developing a cult following in the Sunshine State, add to that she has won her last three races all when she has been sent out a crowd and punters favourite.

Her latest win was an all the way stroll on at the Sunshine Coast, and there’s no doubting she steps up in class tomorrow at Doomben in a much tougher assignment in Race 3, for fillies and mares jumping at 1.31pm ADST.

It hasn’t been all beer and skittles for Lyrical Girl, as a young horse she was chased by what we believe was a dingo through a fence, suffered serious injuries and had an extended period being nursed back to health in a paddock.

Trainer Tony Gollan has been extremely patient along with her massive miRunners ownership group and they’ll let out an almighty roar if their little girl is able to make it four wins in succession.

Proving again patience is the cheapest commodity in racing. Click HERE to see the Lyrical Girl story.

Good luck to all involved.

Christmas For Adults

If you love your racing, your sport or just a good time Victoria Derby Day is “Christmas For Adults”.

There’s nowhere in the world quite like Flemington, when Santa arrives early, reaches into his sack and dishes out arguably the greatest day of racing on the planet.

Sure Golden Slipper Day has five Group One races compared to Derby Day’s four…but the atmosphere of 100,000 fans annually, plus the final lead-up to the Melbourne Cup – wins for excitement.

Unfortunately with Covid we’ll be robbed of that atmosphere but there’s still nine races and serious titles to be won.

Young Werther is the interesting runner in the Derby, with one proviso, the track needs to be in the good range. Trainer Danny O’Brien was forced to scratched him last Saturday at Moonee Valley, so he’s five weeks between runs but could be something special.

 

TENS OF MILLIONS AT STAKE

In stark contrast to the 2500m of the Derby, is the scamper down the famous 1200metres of the Flemington straight in the Coolmore Stud Stakes, clearly the most important race on the program.

For connections of a colt, victory in this world renowned sprint can make the winner a $30 – $40 million stud proposition. Wild Ruler, Farnan, and Anders are three colts that fit the bill.

Anders is a speed machine and while beaten last start had some excuses. Farnan is another with blistering speed Wild Ruler has been terrific this preparation winning both the Roman Consul and the Heritage.

In making such a fuss about the colts, I’m tipping the Chris Waller trained filly September Run to upstage the boys. Some horses just thrive down the Flemington straight and September Run fits the bill. She had an unsuccessful trip to Sydney before returning to Flemington with two super impressive wins down the straight…that will do me.

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED

It’s only the second staging of the Golden Eagle but with $7.5million up for grabs the 1500m event for 4 year-olds at Rosehill Gardens is grabbing plenty of headlines.

Funstar and Alligator Blood have been a little bit easy in the market after drawing awkwardly, barriers 22 and 15 respectively are hardly ever a help particularly from a tricky start.

Godolphin has three runners in the race Colette, Criaderas and Flit. All three are a chance with Colette the stand out for me. She is an Oaks winner, was a real eye catcher last start in the Epsom Handicap, is now fourth-up and I’m banking trainer James Cummings has timed her preparation to perfection.

 

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