Caulfield Family Day Wrap Up
What a weekend of racing we had. The weather was out to impress and so were the horses and their jockeys to mark the return of Victorian Group 1 racing.
The day kicked off with the spotlight focused solely on Second Bullet in Race 1 as he stormed home to comfortably take first place by about four lengths. Jockey Damien Lane spoke confidently after the race, praising Second Bullet and highlighting his potential for the future.
Same jockey, different horse. In his second win for the day, Damien Lane rode the three-year old Oak Door to victory in Race 2, doubling its lifetime earnings to more than $230,000 in less than 90 seconds. Despite a late push form those trailing behind, Damien Lane controlled the pace perfectly dictating the entire last leg.
The Ladbroke Blue Diamond Prelude (Race 3) was one of the most thrilling races of the day. Catchy, ridden by jockey Craig Williams, started the race poorly being delegated to the 2nd last position. After finding their way to the outside, they stormed home and stole the win from Acrtic Angel in a borderline photo finish. It was definitely one of the best racing moments of the day and if you haven’t already, make sure you check out the replay.
Craig WIlliams continued to dominate with Property proving too good in Race 4 and Fukryk who stormed home in Race 5. Both horses trailed from behind but showed no signs of letting go once they gained the lead.
Race 6 saw favourite Chautauqua attack the line with his trademark barnstorming style, but it wasn’t enough as he finished two lengths behind Super Cash. Chautauqua’s critics suggested that it’s perhaps the end of an era, with trainer Wayne Hawkes quick to defend his prized horse. However, the bigger story here is Super Cash and jockey Katelyn Mallyon. She’s shown racing fans exactly why she’s the face of this year’s Festival of Racing and has everyone talking about the bright future of the four-year-old mare, Super Cash.
Race 7 broke apart at about the 200m mark when Black Heart Bart stepped it up a gear and tore away from the pack to take home the feature race for the day, the CF Orr Stakes. Race 8 on the other hand saw Burning Front enhance his already impressive record, winning Saturday’s Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) for the second consecutive year. Trained by Australia’s most in demand trainer, Darren Weir and ridden by Brad Rawiller, Burning Foot led throughout and won by a neck, as was expected of the clear favourite.
To wrap up a day of world-class racing, Prussian Vixen built an almost unreachable lead in Race 9. Despite showing fatigue down the home stretch the huge gap was more than enough to ensure victory.
The Festival of Racing truly is in full swing and we couldn't be more excited for what’s coming next. Make sure you follow @FestivalofRacing and check back on the Hub for all the latest.