Autumn Success Springs Plans for Race Club Expansion:
Following the success of last month's Livamol Gold Cup Day, Hawkesbury Race Club Chief Executive, Greg Rudolph, has outlined plans for future expansion, with the club's on-course stables development currently a step closer to fruition, before Council.
"The installation of our all-weather Polytrack was our priority and now we are close to having approval to progress with our stable complex," Rudolph outlined this week.
"The complex will add much needed stabling facilities in the Greater Sydney basin and will be another important asset to our development of training and racing facilities," he added.
"This will allow us to keep producing high quality horses, both at our standard provincial meetings, as well as Stand Alone Saturday, our Saturday metropolitan meeting in the Autumn.
"Our tracks have come through a busy schedule, however we have received great feedback, particularly the grass and Polytrack, due to the gravitation of horses using the Polytrack," Rudolph explained.
Hawkesbury Race Club pulled out all the stops to ensure the Sydney autumn racing carnival went out with a bang, which featured more than $1.3 million in prize money across the nine-race program.
Stand Alone Saturday has graduated world champion sprinter, Chautauqua, winner of the 2014 running of the Group 3 Blacktown Workers Hawkesbury Guineas, as well as Zoustar, Alverta, Fravashi and last year's TAB Clarendon Stakes winner, Graff.
Off the track, the club has upgraded jockey's room and Stewards room facilities,which have a modern design, like much of the new club offices.
"These works address a number of areas across the club, of benefit to many stakeholders," Rudolph said.
Star Sprinter Back Home:
Hawkesbury's star sprinter Spright may yet get another chance to chase Group 1 glory before season's end.
Nothing went right for Spright when a courageous third in last Saturday's $750,000 Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville, and she returns home today, from Adelaide.
"She appears to have come through the race okay and I will give her a week in the paddock and then decide what to do",said trainer Garry Frazer.
"We would love to secure a slot in The Everest with her."
The five-year-old daughter of Hinchinbrook now has recorded three Group 1 placings along with her success at that level earlier in the month, and amassed earnings of $1,328,095, certainly increasing her value as a potential broodmare.
A Winning Move for Attards:
Hawkesbury trainer Jason Attard had extra reason to celebrate Redazzity's barnstorming last to first win at the Mudgee TAB meeting last Sunday.
Attard and his wife Lucy recently purchased their own farm at Grose Vale - and Redazzity was the first winner to be trained from there.
Patiently ridden by Hawkesbury apprentice Brandon Griffiths, the Red Dazzler four-year-old produced a determined burst in the straight to land the Class 1/Maiden Plate (1600m).
Providing Attard with his eighth winner of the season - and Hawkesbury's 130th - Redazzity ($14) beat $41 roughie Mayaman and $1.50 favorite Kiss The Bride.
It was significant that the first two horses home were the last two approaching the home turn.
Adding merit to Redazzity's victory was that he came around every horse in the straight, whereas the runner-up got a split between runners.