Sea Siren to call the tune
By Stephen Moran TVN Friday, November 9, 2012 - 9:00 AM
For the past two years, Stakes day or Final day at Flemington has been all abut the best sprinting mare the world has seen with Black Caviar winning the Patinack Farm Classic in 2010 and 2011.
Last year it was win number 16 of a streak which now stretches to 22 following her UK win. And while she's absent in 2012 another mare Sea Siren, who might also be bound for overseas competition, takes centre stage.
Sea Siren made an emphatic return to racing in the Manikato Stakes to take her record to six wins from nine starts and victory on Saturday, which seems more likely than not, would see her embark on a trip to Hong Kong for the International Sprint in December.
In its various guises, the race now known as the Patinack Farm Classic, has produced some memorable moments through the years. From the brilliant Vain in 1969 through to the sizzling speed of the half brothers Final Card and Gold Ace in the 90s, to Takeover Target to All Silent. Not to mention the much anticipated and cat and mouse clash of Miss Andretti and Gold Edition in 2007 and, of course, Black Caviar.
The other Group 1 feature is the Emirates Stakes at 1600m and history tends to point us towards a runner down in the weights but this year there isn't the usual spread from top to bottom.
No winner has carried more than 55.5 kg since Testa Rossa scored an amazing win from barrier 16 in 2000. He'd run sixth in the Cox Plate. Happy Trails is the only horse coming back from the Cox Plate this year and I wouldn't discount him.
The Queen Elizabeth offers a potential consolation prize for the likes of Lost In The Moment, Shahwardi and Dare To Dream who missed out on the Melbourne Cup but can they topple Darren Weir's exciting prospect Puissance de Lune who won the Bendigo Cup by eight lengths?
All will be revealed when the four day carnival closes with another great program on Saturday.