Great Again wins the 2020 Hilton Nicholas Straight Six (Image: Racing Photos)
The skill and courage of jockeys will be recognised by the VRC at National Jockeys Trust Race Day, this Saturday at Flemington Racecourse.
The feature race on the day is the Listed Hilton Nicholas Straight Six (1200m) which is Heat 2 of the All Victorian Sprint Series. This race has attracted a full field of 16 including last year’s winner Great Again, South Australian visitor Streetcar Stranger who is attempting to assemble a winning hat-trick, and the James Cummings-trained favourite Pandemic, who was second on his last start to subsequent Group 1 Goodwood winner Savatoxl.
Other highlights on the nine-race card include Heat 1 of the Taj Rossi Series, the Racing.com Plate (1400m) for two-year-olds that produced Group 1 winner Zoutori in 2018 and Group 1 winners Aloisia and Grunt in 2017. This year the favourite is Linas Legend for Flemington trainer Danny O’Brien, ahead of Blushing Tycoon and Bring The Stars.
The Off The Track Community Trophy (2000m) is Heat 2 of The Mahogany Challenge for three-year-old stayers and has attracted a full field of progressive staying types. Current favourite is Horrifying for Flemington trainer Mark Kavanagh from Reuber and Our Lone Star. Flemington-trained filly Succeed Indeed is looking to frank her credentials in this race ahead of a potential start in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks.
Heart of Puissance is currently a $2.50 favourite in the PFD Food Services Plate (2500m) with trainer Ciaron Maher identifying him as a stayer of the future as he targets the staying programme for older horses at Flemington over the winter months. He will have to contend with recent Listed Port Adelaide Cup winner Wyclif for Danny O’Brien and Moonlight Maid, who ran third in the 2019 Group 1 Kennedy Oaks and second in last year’s Group 1 Australasian Oaks.
Saturday will also mark the first Flemington appearance of former racetrack star Apache Cat who has successfully undergone treatment for cancer. He will visit Flemington from Living Legends alongside Silent Witness.