Victoria lets punters down with Pakenham metro
HORSE RACING: The Villiers Stakes at Randwick headlines racing action tomorrow, and it looks a two-horse war on paper.
Interlocuter has risen to another level this preparation, and had it not been for a brain-fade from the NSW stewards, he would remain unbeaten this time in.
Mister Sea Wolf was phenomenal at his first start in Australia, and should relish the Randwick mile.
Saturday racing should be the prime spectacle of a week, not something handed around like a participation award. Pakenham being granted this status of meeting was exactly that, a joke. Tracks not up to the normal metropolitan standard are fine for secondary or midweek meetings, but what Pakenham dished up on the weekend was ordinary, and punters will lose faith the next time they see it in the racebook.
On a more positive note, there is now under a fortnight until the Boxing Day races at Allman Park.
The moving of the Warwick Pacing Cup to the start of December creates a period of excitement from October to December of both racing codes.
The quality of standardbred at the harness meeting was top-class.
Anthony Collins and the DDHRC board should take a bow for their hard work in putting the meeting together.
On Boxing Day, the feature race will be a $30,000 qualifier for the Magic Millions Country Cup.
The race attracted horses trained by Bjorn Baker and Ben Currie last year, and will no doubt feature another good field.
Charity bet of the week
Belwazi - Moonee Valley Race 5 No 1 - $50 win
This four-year-old mare is absolutely flying.
She has won all three starts this preparation, and has looked dominant in doing so. She raced at the track and distance a fortnight ago, and after bouncing straight to the front, she never looked in doubt.
There is no reason why she shouldn't be able to push forward again from the middle of the line, and hopefully Belwazi can give punters another dashing display in front.