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The Hawk’s Emirates Stakes Day Selections

November 10, 2012

It is quite a sad day, for the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival is upon us.

While it is not the official end of the Spring Racing Carnival – there is still the Zipping Classic at Sandown as well as the Ballarat Cup – it is as good as over after today’s meeting.

Racing goes on, though. In two weeks, it will be Perth’s Super Saturday featuring the Group 1 Railway Stakes and the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes.

That same weekend also sees the Japan Cup, which is likely to feature defeated Melbourne Cup runners Jakkalberry, Mount Athos and Red Cadeaux.

Two weeks later, the eyes of the racing world turn to Hong Kong for the Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin. It is an ambition of mine to get there – hopefully next year.

So racing goes on – but in all honesty, mainstream interest in racing is finished for another year.

Sure, there’ll be interest again come the autumn carnival, but not to the same extent it is seen during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Every year, I feel disappointed at the end of the Melbourne Cup Carnival – this year is no exception.

But there is also a realisation that it won’t be long until we are in the midst of another Melbourne Cup Carnival once more.

Anyway, bring on the autumn – with the number of imports here, as well as our top class sprinters, it should produce some cracking racing.

For now, let’s focus on Emirates Stakes day.

Below are my selections – let’s hope we can finish on a winning note!

Race 1 – GROUP 3 MARIBYRNONG PLATE (1000m)

1 – CRACK A ROADIE
6 – WOULDN’T IT BE NICE
5 – CITATIONS
7 – GRACIOUS PROSPECT

Race 2 – MOMENTUM ENERGY TROPHY (1600m)

1 – STRIKE THE STARS
7 – WHY NOT
3 – GALAH
9 – MUIRFIELD

Race 3 – ANTLER LUGGAGE HANDICAP (2000m)

7 – DESTINY’S KISS
3 – SERTORIUS
4 – HOYLONNY
6 – MODULE

Race 4 – LISTED HILTON HOTELS STAKES (1400m)

11 – ESSAY RAIDER
6 – HAUSSMANN
7 – GENERALIFE
5 – CHOSEN MOMENT

Race 5 – GROUP 1 PATINACK FARM CLASSIC (1200m)

1 – BUFFERING
2 – TEMPLE OF BOOM
14 – FIRE THUNDERBOLT
5 – MENTAL

Race 6 – GROUP 1 EMIRATES STAKES (1600m)

4 – SOLZHENITSYN
5 – WALL STREET
17 – FREE WHEELING
2 – HAPPY TRAILS

Race 7 – GROUP 2 MATRIARCH STAKES (2000m)

1 – SILENT ACHIEVER
4 – CRAFTY IRNA
7 – LAKE SENTENTIA
3 – MIDNIGHT MARTINI

Race 8 – GROUP 3 QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES (2500m)

7 – IRONSTEIN
1 – LOST IN THE MOMENT
4 – FOLDING GEAR
11 – PUISSANCE DE LUNE

Race 9 – EMIRATES AIRLINE HANDICAP (1400m)

8 – TOKUGAWA
11 – UNDER THE HAT
10 – SNOW COVER
1 – LAUNAY

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