The award would only be given when a horse, trainer or jockey turn in a performance that is remarkable or unmatched. It might not be awarded every year.
In the past five years, the recipients would have been Chautauaqua (of course), Godolphin’s Polarisation for winning the Sydney Cup twice after he won it in a no race because of a fall before backing up two weeks later for victory.
And maybe Who Shot Thebarman, who won last year’s Sydney Cup after running in all five years of The Championships.
It would be an unique award in racing and would only add to The Championships. It would cause debate and maybe even controversy.
Spring Charlie inquiry on many levels
There are many layers to the stewards’ inquiry into the performance of Spring Charlie in the final event at Rosehill on Saturday.
Stewards quizzed Blake Shinn about his ride, even asking him “if it was Blake Shinn at his best in the straight”. There is the issue of the tongue tie, which released during the race and whether it was fitted correctly and a lay wager on Betfair, which drew concern.
Spring Charlie didn’t appear at home in the shifty wet conditions, which was noted by Shinn. But as he had already qualified for the Provincial Championships Final in a fortnight, stewards were worried about him being open to a 1-1/2 kg penalty for winning on Saturday.
Trainer Kim Waugh was questioned by stewards on the phone and her evidence was similar to Shinn before the inquiry was adjourned with a time to be fixed.
“We just had to run on Saturday for his Provincial Championships preparation, even though I was really concerned about the wet track,” Waugh said. “I thought Blake did a good job to help through the ground. We want a firm track for the final.”
McDonald takes over on Loving Gaby
James McDonald will be the latest rider for Loving Gaby as she looks to make it third time lucky at group 1 level in the Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
The I Am Invincible filly should have finished closer in the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper, finding traffic problems in both races.
McDonald is coming off a group 1 double at Rosehill and is the only jockey in the country to ride five different horses to group 1 success this season.
He sits equal second on the group 1 standings with Kerrin McEvoy on five wins behind Hugh Bowman on nine, of which six have come on Winx.
Godolphin blue rules around the world
James Cummings will look back with pride at the Rosehill winning post for the next year with two jockeys in blue on it a reninder of past couple of weeks.
The winners of the Golden Slipper and Tancred Stakes are immortalised on the post for the next 12 months.
Kiamichi’s win in the Slipper and Avilius’ Tancred victory continued Godolphin’s best season in Australia. The blue juggernaut boasts 11 group 1s from four trainers, including the Caulfield Cup, Melbourne Cup and Golden Slipper.
In Avilius they may have the heir apparent to Winx when she retires. He is likely to spell after his romp on Saturday.
“A lot of people want to see him in Queen Elizabeth but he is racing on and has probably earned a spell,” Cummings said.
Avilius kicked off a blue-letter day for Godolphin. The gelding’s group 1 success proved the entree before the racing powerhouse won the Dubai World Cup with Thunder Snow, the Al Quoz Sprint with Blue Point and Sheema Classic with Old Persian at Meydan.
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald