The action of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is due to kick off next month, one of the first feature race days taking place at Caulfield Racecourse on August 27 the race card including the 2011 HDF McNeil Stakes.
Running along with the $200,000 Group 2 Memsie Stakes (1400m) as the two Group showdowns of the day, the $125,000 Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m) is an excellent early spring race for three-year-olds.
Many promising spring three-year-olds may resume in the McNeil Stakes, or have come via a race such as the $100,000 Listed Vain Stakes (1100m) for colts and geldings or the $100,000 Listed Quezette Stakes (1100m) for fillies, both features held at Caulfield on August 13, 2011.
The better performing H.D.F. McNeil runners may target elite level spring carnival races such as the fillies-only Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield in October or the open Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day.
Last year’s McNeil Stakes winner Sistine Angel went on to win the Group 2 Manifold Stakes (1600m) at Flemington, while the horse that ran fourth in the McNeil, Yosei, won that year’s Thousand Guineas.
The year before in 2009 Starspangledbanner won the McNeil Stakes on the back of a victory in the Vain Stakes, the talented son of Choisir going on to win the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas that spring and three more elite levels including dual international Group 1’s in England.
Keeping an eye on the performances of the McNeil Stakes field, then, can be a good way to get an early indication for your futures betting at Luxbet on races such as the 2011 Thousand Guineas and 2011 Caulfield Guineas.
Nominations for the McNeil Stakes will be taken on August 22 before the 2011 HDF McNeil Stakes final field of acceptance is released on August 24.
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