As Australian horse racing fans and punters start getting the itch to pick up some free horse racing tips and start betting on horse racing from top local venues a load of Group races are scheduled over the next 8 weeks. Over several top tracks, the names of horses expected to make the running in October’s Caulfield Cup and WS Cox Plate are beginning to show up in the entry boxes. Let’s take a look at some news leading up to October’s two big features.
Caulfield Cup News
The Group 1 Caulfield Cup is one of the three most important horse races in Australian as well as on the entire Asian continent. This year’s race is scheduled to be run on October 15 at Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne. The race will be contested on turf at 2400m for horses of any age with weights assigned based on handicap conditions. The purse will be AUS $3,000,000.
HORSES TO WATCH: With the great race mare Winx expected to defend her title in the WS COX Plate, this race shapes up as a bit more competitive. Based on indications from owners and trainers, the three top contenders that look to be pointing in this direction are Tarzino, Our Ivanbowe and Tavago. Tarzino was one of the best 3-year olds in the country last year with big wins in last spring/summer’s Group 1 Victoria Derby and Group 1 Rosehill Guineas. Our Ivanbowe is a 6-year old, long-winded transplant from Europe who closed out last season with a big win in the Group 1 Doomben Cup. Tavago enters the new racing season after really coming to hand late last season with a huge win in the Group 1 Australian Derby, denying Tarzino an opportunity to win Australia’s Triple Crown. All three of these contenders are expected to make prelim runs in
WS Cox Plate
Following the Caulfield Cup comes the WS Cox Plate. The race is scheduled to be run on October 22 at the Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne. The race will be contested on turf at 2040 m for horses of any age with weights assigned based weight-for-age conditions. The purse will be AUS $3,000,000.
HORSES TO WATCH
Looking as though she is on target to come back and defend her title, the Australian super horse Winx would be looking to build on her growing legend that includes 13 wins in 19 starts for a total of AUS $6,678,425 in purse money. In last year’s Cox Plate, Winx beat an exceptional field of international stars that included dual Group 1 winner Highland Reel. In doing, she won the race in record time, disposing of the field by nearly five lengths. If trainer Aidan O’Brien opts to pass on the October Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Highland Reel due to wet track conditions, it could set up an exciting rematch of last year’s race where Highland Reel finished third.
Between now and the middle of October, horse racing throughout the country will be at a fever pitch. With the Melbourne Spring Festival just right around the corner, punters will be betting on at the race track from all over the country. With many of the nation’s top online sportsbooks and prognosticators giving out free horse racing tips, punters will hopefully be able to start building up a nice bankroll just in time for the Festival.