Victoria, The Thoroughbred State, has always been known to lead the charge in all things breeding and racing.
This will be no different when this Wednesday, Flemington will host the first two-year-old race in Australia.
To be held on Spring Classics Preview Day, the Darley Spring Preview boasts a field of eight runners with half the field nominated to Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold.
The race is to be run over 900 metres and will offer $50,000 in prizemoney, along with a Super VOBIS bonus of $15,000 and a VOBIS Gold bonus of $20,000, to eligible horses to be distributed amongst placegetters accordingly.
Lunar Fox bred by Victoria’s Kelly Thoroughbreds, was purchased at the 2019 Inglis VOBIS Gold sale for $40,000 by TKO Racing. The filly is a daughter of Woodside Park’s newest resident sire, Foxwedge and will be ridden by Linda Meech.
Divine Caprice, a homebred of Victoria’s Peter Devitt, will be one to closely follow with the filly coming second in her trial on the 2nd of September. She is trained by Lindsay Park Racing and will be ridden by Luke Nolen.
Zesty Belle bred by Victoria’s Bridsan Bloodstock and trained by Ellerton Zahra Racing and is a graduate of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling sale and was consigned by Two Bays Farm. Two Bays have recently had a string of successes with their horses and this filly could put the cherry on the cake after their recent win with I Am Eloquent.
The standout filly to watch however is Cut It Out, trained by John McArdle and is a homebred of Victoria’s Martin family. The filly is sired by Kuroshio and from a Danerich mare, Legcut. Cut It Out impressively won her trial on the 17th of September by 2.25 lengths, sailing past the finish line in 47.75 seconds.
The new two-year-old race was a combined effort from Racing Victoria, the Victorian Racing Club and Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria.
“This is an exciting opportunity for horses early in the season to showcase their Sires and their ability,”said Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria Executive Officer, Charmein Bukovec.
“Racing Victoria and the Victoria Racing Club are supporting Victorian breeders by giving their horses an early opportunity to stamp their mark ahead of the season to come.” Ms Bukovec said.
VRC Executive General Manager Racing Leigh Jordon said, “Australia is recognised for the strength of its sprinters with many of the world’s sprinting highlights taking place over the straight six course at Flemington, and we believe that these changes will help to provide a good grounding for the sprinting stars of the future.”
“The new two-year old race on Spring Classics Preview Day will offer an important opportunity for younger horses as part of their preparation for racing later in the spring,” Mr Jordon said.
Spring Classics Preview Day also will feature two three-year-old races with the Kennedy Oaks Trial, to see final fields click here. The AAMI Victoria Derby Trial to be run later in the day, to see final fields click here.