As we all know now, or at least should know, the ill-fated Group 1 Sydney Cup will be staged atR next Saturday.
That is 22nd April.
All horses who were in the original $2million version, have been invited to run, and the club has allowed some fresh blood to enter the race also.
This morning a few things were confirmed.
Firstly, Gr 1 winner, 3YO filly LASQUETI SPIRIT has been entered.
Star stayer BOOM TIME, if he wins today at Caulfield, and he should, will be entered.
Darren Weir's BIG DUKE, who went to the post as favorite in the original running, will take his place, and most importantly, Charlie Appleby from Europe, has kept the Godolphin pair of PENGLAI PAVILION and POLARISATION here with the intent of racing in the Cup.
Debate will rage as to whether it was fair to reopen the noms, but the fact is, that has occurred and we need to get on with the 3200m Cup.
It will highlight a great day NEXT saturday.
Australian Turf Club Chief Executive, Darren Pearce said the Club and Racing NSW officials had worked diligently with participants over the past 48 hours to ensure the race would not be lost.
“We wanted to give all entrants a chance to compete for the $2 million and we believe 22 April strikes a balance between varying views of owners and trainers, whilst achieving a competitive field size for punters and racegoers.”
Weights for the race will be the same as those which applied to the original final acceptors on Tuesday, 4 April. Any supplementary entries will be weighted by the Racing NSW handicapping panel with a limit weight of 51.5kg being applied.
The closing date for supplementary entries is midday on Monday, 17 April with race acceptances due by 9am on Wednesday, 19 April.
Revised conditions including a priority ballot order and supplementary entry conditions can be viewed at - www.racingnsw.com.au.
“We believe running the Sydney Cup two weeks after the no-race is the fairest outcome for all participants with those included in the no-race to receive compensatory payments,” said Racing NSW Chief Executive, Peter V’landys.
A $15,000 payment will be made to all horses that faced the starter on Saturday, 8 April 2017 and do not start on Saturday, 22 April.
Further, a $4,000 payment will be made to the connections of all horses that faced the starter in the no-race on Saturday, 8 April and contest the Sydney Cup on 22 April.
At this stage, I can't see how they beat Polarisation - and in the scheme of life, that would be somewhat how it should be.