The decision to lower the bar for Count Encosta could pay dividends in the Listed Christmas Cup at Rosehill on Saturday.
The best young rider in Sydney and probably Australia, Chad Schofield, will prove hard to beat in the jockey challenge when the midweek metro meeting takes place at Warwick Farm.
Weak racing is in store for punters at Sale. The field sizes later in the day are very good, but gee the depth is nowhere to be seen so don’t be surprised to see some big price gallopers greeting the judge.
A strong seven race card has been assembled for Eagle Farm on Wednesday. Overcast skies are forecast, the track will be a good3 and the rail is out two metres. The track looked in superb condition last Saturday and I expect that will be the case here too.
Alan King hopes Invictus can emulate Voy Por Ustedes after his victory at Plumpton on Monday set up a possible tilt at a Cheltenham Festival bonus.
Racing NSW has announced changes to the Benchmark programming and handicapping model but the NSW Trainers Association says it will still campaign to improve the country racing system.
Trainer Colette Cooper has been disqualified for six months after being found guilty of four charges relating to an elevated bicarb reading detected in Stella Blue at the Mildura Cup meeting earlier this year.
Kerry Parker expects another rise in distance to be a help and not a hindrance to Nextanix in Saturday’s Listed Christmas Cup at Rosehill.
Unbeaten filly Atlantic Jewel is doing light exercise but a decision about an autumn campaign won’t be known until further scans are done on her early next month.
Gold Coast sprinter Startsmeup has figured in a shock stable switch and will launch his summer campaign under new trainer Gillian Heinrich in the Group Three George Moore Stakes at Doomben on Saturday.