The Everest is done. The Caulfield Cup is done. Next weekend features the Group 1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley and the historic attempt by Her Majesty Winx to record a fourth win.
After that, spring racing in done.
Except for the Melbourne Cup, that is.
The race has been mildly overshadowed by some of the other events taking place in the world of Thoroughbred racing, but with just over a fortnight remaining until the Melbourne Cup, here is how the race is shaping up.
Yucatan still holds the top line in the Ladbrokes futures at $6.50. Best Solution following what may be considered a controversial Caulfield Cup win, is on the third line at $11.00.
Avilius has lengthened to $12.00 after one time sharing the top line with Yucatan.
Best Solution trainer Saeed bin Suroor took a Caulfield Cup that seemingly would have went to Yucatan, but for the fact that owner Lloyd Williams withdrew Yucatan, much to the consternation of many.
Bin Suroor indicated that the Melbourne Cup was always the primary target for Best Solution, but he will be trying to take the Cox Plate away from Winx with Benbatyl while waiting for the Melbourne Cup.
Goldolphin could conclude its Australian spring racing campaign with the Aussie Crown Jewels.
Bin Suroor told The Age, “I was in Dubai earlier in the year and thought this is the horse … [Best Solution] and Benbatl are right for Australia. It is tough racing here because there are better horses, better pedigree, a better system. Everything has improved. In the old days we’d send a Group 3 horse and they could run well. Now we have to send Group 1 winners to match the class here.”
Not everyone would agree with bin Suroor as to the new and improved quality of Australian Thoroughbred racing and his comments almost sound like veiled criticism of the Australian brand of racing.
Take the Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup, however, and no one, least of all bin Suroor, will be touting Australian racing.