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Group 1 action every Saturday from now until June – an early look

February 12, 2012

Admirers of the thoroughbred are set for a huge autumn with Group 1 action until June.

Incredibly, from now until June 9, there is a Group 1 somewhere within Australia every Saturday.

Black Caviar’s win in the Orr Stakes yesterday kicked off a monster 18 weeks of Group 1 action.

Here is the schedule of Group 1 races, starting with next weekend:

February 18

Lightning Stakes (1000m, 3yo+ WFA, Flemington)

February 25

Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m, 2yo SW, Caulfield)
Oakleigh Plate (1100m, 3yo+ Hcp, Caulfield)
Futurity Stakes (1400m, 3yo+ WFA, Caulfield)

March 3

Australian Guineas (1600m, 3yo SW, Flemington)

March 10

Newmarket Handicap (1200m, 3yo+ Hcp, Flemington)
Australian Cup (2000m, 3yo+ WFA, Flemington)
Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m, 3yo+ WFA, Warwick Farm)

March 17

Randwick Guineas (1600m, 3yo SW, Randwick)

March 24

Coolmore Classic (1500m, 3yo+ F&M Hcp, Rosehill)
Ranvet Stakes (2000m, 3yo+ WFA, Rosehill)

March 31

Rosehill Guineas (2000m, 3yo SW, Rosehill)

April 7

Golden Slipper (1200m, 2yo SW, Rosehill)
(2400m, 3yo+ WFA, Rosehill)
George Ryder Stakes
(1500m, 3yo+ WFA, Rosehill)
The Queen of the Turf
(1500m, 3yo+ F&M SW, Rosehill)
Vinery Stud Stakes
(2000m, 3yoF SW, Rosehill)

April 14

Australian Derby (2400m, 3yo SW, Randwick)
T.J. Smith Stakes
(1200m, 3yo+ WFA, Randwick)
ATC Sires Produce Stakes
(1400m, 2yo SW, Randwick)

April 21

Doncaster Mile (1600m, 3yo+ Hcp, Randwick)
ATC Oaks
(2400m, 3yoF SW, Randwick)
The Galaxy
(1100m, 3yo+ Hcp, Randwick)

April 28

Sydney Cup (3200m, 3yo+ Hcp, Randwick)
Champagne Stakes
(1600m, 2yo SW, Randwick)
Queen Elizabeth Stakes
(2000m, 3yo+ WFA, Randwick)
All Aged Stakes
(1400m, 3yo+ WFA, Randwick)
Sportingbet Classic
(1200m, 3yo+ F&M SW, Morphettville)
Australasian Oaks
(2000m, 3yoF SW, Morphettville)

May 5

South Australian Derby (2400m, 3yo SW, Morphettville)

May 12

The Goodwood (1200m, 3yo+ Hcp, Morphettville)
(1200m, 3yo+ WFA, Doomben)

May 19

Doomben Cup (2020m, 3yo+ WFA, Doomben)

May 26

Doomben 10000 (1350m, 3yo+ WFA, Doomben)

June 2

Queensland Oaks (2400m, 3yoF SW, Eagle Farm)

June 9

Stradbroke Handicap (1400m, 3yo+ Hcp, Eagle Farm)
Queensland Derby
(2400m, 3yo SW, Eagle Farm)
T.J. Smith Stakes
(1600m, 2yo SW, Eagle Farm)

It is much tougher trying to pick out who will win these races ahead of time – especially races that are still four months away! Nevertheless, I’ve never been afraid of a challenge. So here are my early selections for these races – let’s see if we can get any of them up!

Lightning Stakes – Black Caviar
Blue Diamond Stakes – No Looking Back
Oakleigh Plate –
Futurity Stakes –
Black Caviar
Australian Guineas –
Newmarket Handicap –
Temple of Boom
Australian Cup –
Lucas Cranach
Chipping Norton Stakes – Shoot Out
Randwick Guineas – Manawanui
Coolmore Classic –
Ranvet Stakes –
Pinker Pinker
Rosehill Guineas –
Said Com
Golden Slipper –
The BMW –
George Ryder Stakes –
The Queen of the Turf –
Atlantic Jewel
Vinery Stud Stakes – Silent Achiever
Australian Derby – Strike The Stars
T.J. Smith Stakes –
Hay List
ATC Sires Produce Stakes –
Doncaster Mile –
ATC Oaks –
Silent Achiever
The Galaxy –
Smart Missile
Sydney Cup – Tanby
Champagne Stakes
Queen Elizabeth Stakes –
Strike The Stars
All Aged Stakes –
Hay List
Sportingbet Classic –
Sister Madly
Australasian Oaks –
Total Attraction
South Australian Derby – Proliferate
The Goodwood –
BTC Cup –
Hay List
Doomben Cup –
Eagle Mountain
Doomben 10000 –
Love Conquers All
Queensland Oaks –
would love to hope Virgin Islands, but who knows?
Stradbroke Handicap
– Ready to Rip
Queensland Derby –
T.J. Smith Stakes
– the only one I’m going to say I have no clue about

What are your thoughts about any of the above races? Do you think I’m way off? Or perhaps you think I’m crazy for trying to predict a Stradbroke winner in February?

Whatever your thoughts, let us know below. Or better still, have a go at picking the winner of the Group 1s over the next 18 weeks!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris permalink
    February 12, 2012 8:48 am

    I don’t think you’re crazy for trying to tip the Stradbroke in Feb. I do think you’re crazy for picking a horse that is way below G1 level.

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