When I first heard that last Saturday’s race meeting was going to be a stand-alone at Bendigo, I thought the world, or maybe just the racing industry, had gone mad … again. Why move the races to Bendigo on the weekend that Melbourne was full of tourists here for the Grand Prix?
I’ve always held the opinion that the city tracks are over used and a break from the weekly grind might help even out the various biases that beset them from time to time. So I was not against the concept but thought the timing could have been better.
As it turned out, the meeting was a resounding success and the government and industry have combined to further bolster prize money for the meeting next year. It may prove to be the perfect end to the Autumn carnival. Maybe next year I’ll even back a winner.
The performances of Mosheen to take the Australian Guineas and Rosehill Guineas on top of her Oaks win last spring and second placing in the Golden Slipper last year place her in elite company among fillies. She was dominant at Flemington and overcame difficulties last Saturday to get to the line first. I’m happy to stick with her in any race against three year olds they decide to take on. It will be fascinating to see how she goes as a four year old mare next year. Will she be added to the list with Special Harmony, Serenade Rose, Shamrocker and others who were dominant three year old fillies and couldn’t reproduce that form as older mares.