Horse Racing 14 November 2017
“Well it’s over for Another Year”
Big Jim takes a look at the end of the Cup Carnival…read more
So who was the star of the Spring? For me it has to be Redzel. What an amazing set of runs. The Snitzel stallion consistently came up against the best sprinters in the land and he always got the job done. Winx’s performances were very Winx like and deserves to be in the mix again. She won this Spring when she had excuses to lose. Does she travel, does she try for another Cox Plate next year or does she retire? Time will tell and Waller and connections will do what is best for the horse I am sure.
Aloisia’s run in the Oaks was a letdown but she had to overcome the big crowd, losing a shoe at the barrier and an average jockey in the Oaks. She will come back a threat in the future but her flop when it mattered added salt to the wounds of favorite punters this spring. Cliff’s Edge’s run in the Queen Elizabeth was very impressive, he could be a serious horse this time next year.
The Everest was a huge success, much better than I expected. Sydney now just needs a similar middle distance WFO race in Sydney over the Autumn that attracts the best horses in the world. Re-name the Queen Elizabeth make it a 10 million dollar race and run it over 1600 meters. Also, do something about football Grand Final clashes in the Spring. Having Epson/Metrop Day clash with the AFL Grand Final is STUPID. Run it on Sunday. Then again the AFL Grand Final will hopefully be a twilight event in years to come.
The Caulfield Cup should change to a different style of race but it won’t. I would run the Manikato on Thursday or Friday night, the Geelong Cup on the Saturday and then the Cox Plate on Saturday night or Sunday. Running 19 races in 18 hours at the Valley is stupid and nearly cost Winx her party this year.
The Derby and the Oaks should be combined into the one WFA 3 year old distance classic and it should be run on “Derby” Day. Then you can create another 3 year old weight for age Group 1 race for the Following Saturday over 1600-2000 meters. Then they could make the Thursday a “sprinters day” and put some more money into the Myer Classic to keep the whole “ladies day” theme going. The Melbourne Cup card of racing is a massive improvement and Emirates Day (Family Day) continues to improve.
Now it’s on to Sandown for a couple of good meeting with some excellent racing in Perth as well. Then its the standard kind of summer racing where we hold our breath for the Autumn. We will keep on giving tips for races every day (barring Monday) but we won’t be dedicating as much time to it as we do over the Spring.
Plenty of winners and plenty of losers. It was a tough Spring for the punters but we ended up in reasonable shape here at www.bigjimwins.com.