While the Spring Carnival is over, the excitement on the racetrack certainly hasn’t slowed down. We look forward to cheering on two Group 2 runners at Caulfield this Saturday.
In Race 7 we will see Vivy Air, who contested the Group 1 Thousand Guineas last start. She was unlucky in the run, settling well back before running on late. The 3yo filly has had six career starts to date, including two wins and a second in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude.
Back at Caulfield this week for the Group 2 Sandown Guineas, we see her step down in grade again and are hopeful she can go one better than in the Prelude, which was also run at Caulfield.
“We gave a her jumpout over 600m just to freshen her up a little and hopefully get her to jump out better in the race and get into a better position. She’s just lacking a bit of gate speed, so hopefully that does the trick. She looks a picture, she’s fit and in super form heading into Saturday” commented trainer Archie Alexander.
Should Vivy Air secure a more forward position in the race we expect her to be most competitive. See the full field and all race details here.
We will then look towards the Group 2 Zipping Classic, where Amade will take his place in a field of eleven starters.
After winning the Geelong Cup in late October, the ten-year old gelding blew his winning chances at the barrier in his most recent start, missing the kick hopelessly. Since then, trainer Phillip Stokes has given Amade another jumpout at his home track, this time with a blindfold on, which has shown good improvement in his barrier manners.
“He actually jumped really well and was strong in the trial itself. Now we just have to hope that it will also work on raceday and we should be in for a good chance. He always finishes off strong in the races even when he misses the start, it probably cost him a couple wins before. We’re prepared and he’s in very good order.”
Zac Spain, who rode the gelding during his whole campaign, will again take the ride on Saturday. See all race details and the full field here.
We look forward to seeing both horses step out again on Saturday and wouldn’t be suprised to see some very competitive performances.