Who is Australia’s next Spring Star? (Part II)
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The race to spring continues at Flemington this weekend and we reveal the next two in the ‘Spring Star’ list.
Sydney’s pride and joy, More Joyous is the horse many tip to have the breakout season and become the next ‘Spring Star’.
The mare in recent seasons has established that she is the best middle distance horse in Australia, though there is one key race that is not on her resume – the illustrious W.S Cox Plate.
More Joyous had one crack at it before, though it was her first start of the trip and was pressured by Champion stallion So You Think the entire race.
I think she is the horse that has the scope to measure up in the absence of Black Caviar and establish herself as a champion, rather than a very good horse.
Where she goes: Sheraco Stakes September 15 1200m, Golden Pennant September 29 1400m, Toorak Handicap October 13 1600m, W.S Cox Plate Oct 27 2040m and Mackinnon Stakes Nov 3 2000m.
The races she has to win: Needs to win all of them as the first two are not against the males and aren’t at Group One level. She has to stamp herself as the Spring Star by winning the Cox Plate.
Can she do it? More Joyous is the best middle distance horse in the country and definitely has the credentials to win the big race. She is a deserved Cox Plate favourite and is this spring’s headline act.
The imported grey has been Australia’s most improved racehorse, winning three Group One races when last in work at WFA level.
Peter Moody may be missing Black Caviar for this year’s spring but Manighar could be the next Australian champion.
He has been entered for both the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate and is a genuine Spring Star contender.
Where he goes: Makybe Diva Stakes September 8 1600m, Underwood Stakes September 21 1800m or Turnbull Stakes October 6 before heading to the Caulfield Cup October 20 2400m and Cox Plate October 27 2040m. There is also the possibility of a tilt at the Melbourne Cup.
The races he has to win: Manighar does not to win any of his lead up races but has to win two Group Ones or more to be declared the 2012 Spring Star.
Can he do it? Manighar is one of Australia’s top middle distance performers and stayers, giving him the chance to win more races. He is well fancied in all feature race markets and will be putting in his 100%. We will see whether that is good enough.
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