VRC’s Executive General Manager, Racing, Leigh Jordon gives the scoop on what is happening around the tracks at Flemington. In the weeks ahead, Leigh will introduce our Flemington trainers and offer you a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how their stables operate, which horses to watch out for and more. Here, he offers insight into how Flemington trainers’ horses have been performing across not only Victoria, but the country, and what to expect in the weeks ahead at Headquarters.
With Flemington trainers holding six of the top seven spots on the Victorian Metropolitan premiership and the first three places on the Flemington premiership, we are proud of the depth of talent that comes out of our training facilities.
The entire team of Flemington trainers have been on fire across the entire country in recent weeks. Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes trained the winner of the Listed Tasmanian Oaks with Chequerboard, and Blue Diamond Stakes Day saw a number of victories for Team Flemington. These included the Leon and Troy Corstens-trained Yes Baby Yes to win the Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes, followed by another Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes-trained horse Parure winning the Group 2 Autumn Classic. Kiwi mare and Flemington visitor Probabeel (trained by Jamie Richards) won the Group 1 Futurity Stakes, her third Group 1 victory in Australia, and the first four place getters in the Group 2 Peter Young were also all products of Flemington trainers. This was capped off by Flemington trainers claiming the first five place getters in the major race of the day, the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes.
Flemington trainers are again well represented on our home ground this week with 32 Flemington trained horses competing in races totaling more than $2.5m in prizemoney, 5 quality runners, Zou Dancer (Leon & Troy Corstens), Ole Kirk (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes), Poland (Michael Moroney), It’sourtime & Embolism (Danny O’Brien) are contesting in the feature Group 1 Kennedy Australian Guineas.
The Club has introduced the Flemington wind tracker to our website in recent weeks, providing real-time wind speed and direction at four points across the track prior to each race day. The Flemington wind tracker is the first of its kind and has been developed in conjunction with the team at Sports Data and some of Victoria’s leading jockeys. We are committed to ensuring the most-up-to-date data is available from Flemington, and strive to stay at the forefront of technology, I hope you get an opportunity to view this throughout the day and it helps with your selections, it might even help influence your quaddie!
Looking forward to next week, Super Saturday as always promises some of the best racing in Australia, with eight Black Type races and a total prizemoney pool of more than $3.8m on offer, including the 148th running of the Group 1 Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap and the 159th running of the Group 1 TAB Australian Cup.
One notable change this year is that the Group 2 TAB Kewney Stakes for 3yo fillies will increase in distance from 1400m to 1600m, reverting back to the longer length that it was run at until 2010, when it was shortened to 1400m.
Every Friday morning from 6:45am onwards we conduct jump outs at Flemington as part of our training program, these jump outs are on YouTube for public viewing, uploaded approximately 10 minutes after each heat. This Friday we have a heat being run down the straight for Flemington horses nominated in next week’s Group 1 Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap, including stars such as September Run and Imaging (Chris Waller), Swat’s That (Leon and Troy Corstens), Celebrity Queen (Grant and Alana Williams) and Elite Street (Dan Morton).