A wide barrier won’t affect the chances of the front running Lady Cosmology in the Group 2 $500,000 Sky Racing W.A. Guineas (1600m) at Ascot in Perth on Saturday.
Trainer Tony McEvoy has resisted any temptation to target another win at the rich Magic Millions race day at the Gold Coast with Sunlight and will wait for Group One sprints in Melbourne with the star filly.
It’s not a stretch to suggest Mark Newnham could have four or five runners in the Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) on Day 2 of The Championships in April.
A more traditional Sydney autumn campaign comprising Group One races could win out over a tilt at the new $5 million All Star Mile in Melbourne for prized three-year-old colt The Autumn Sun.
Kris Lees is chasing two $1m races with Prized Icon at Perth’s TABTouchMasters; the first time he has started a horse at Ascot.
Smart sprinter Care To Think has been well beaten in a Doomben barrier trial but trainer Matt Dunn is more than happy with his effort.
Country Classic contender Rapture Miss has been a major beneficiary of Canberra trainer Matt Dale’s satellite stable at Moruya where she gets to work on the beach.