The Wellington Boot Carnival for 2019 is set to kick off tomorrow and the town is buzzing with the anticipation for what sets up to be another fantastic weekend. The Wellington Boot has attracted some of the biggest stables in NSW to contest the 1100m event for 2YO’s looking to take home the silverware and their share of the $150,000 on offer.
The Waterhouse/Bott stable has accepted with the talented COCK MATCH who impressed at Warwick Farm finishing second in the 2YO CG&E Maiden in heavy conditions last start. Snowden Racing has combined with Tripe Crown Syndications and will hope that the celebrations from a REDZEL win in the T.J Smith are in full swing as BRAZENPINE looks showcase the Brazen Beau pedigree on one of country racing’s biggest stages. We know the Pride Racing stable can train speed machines and they will also be looking to cap off a winning weekend with a BALL OF MUSCLE/SUPERIUM double. Superium was outstanding on debut at Bathurst beating a strong field by over two lengths and securing his spot in the Wellington Boot field.
The Starmaker 2YO Hcp provides a good form reference for the Wellington Boot hopefuls and the Brett Thompson trained DEVIATE was outstanding in the Muswellbrook 2YO feature letting down powerfully to beat a quality field and stamp herself as one to watch. This race had two additions in 2019 and the other horse looking to strike is the Stephen Jones trained CASSY’S SISTER who was unstoppable on debut at Quirindi before matching motors with Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes placegetter Stronger and Hawkesbury winner Dresden Green on the Kensington track at Randwick.
The Gimcrack Stakes is one of the best guides for early 2YO’s and if you like the Gulgong flyer Deviate then you need to respect Luke Hilton’s LAST CHANCE DANCE who finished mid field in the 2018 Group 3 and comes into this with a solid trial win at Gosford. Of the others you couldn’t overlook the Pat Farrell trained BENGALLA BOY who combines with the Wellington legend Greg Ryan. The Wandjina colt comes through the Starmaker behind Longbottom and will appreciate being back on the firmer surface of our immaculate Wellington race track.
As you can see there is plenty of quality depth to this year’s edition of the Wellington Boot and we can’t wait to see them parade in preparation for tackling the 1100m event that requires a 2YO who possesses plenty of speed and the ability to swing off the bend and go for home with a powerful turn of foot. We hope to see you on course to witness who will fight out the finish in 2019.