THE Advertiser’s Ben Scadden pinpoints five things you need to know from around the tracks in Adelaide.
1. The Richard Jolly stable has been kicking plenty of goals in recent weeks and smart sprinter Karacatis can fly the flag in Saturday’s Sir John Monash Stakes at Caulfield. He ran a bottling race last time and is nearing the form that had him rated among SA’s premier sprinters a season or so ago.
2. Sidelined jockey Libby Hopwood has been making the most of a European holiday to prepare for a return to the saddle. Hopwood has been overseas all month and hopes to pass a concussion test on her return before starting to ride in trials around September.
3. Plenty of positive reports around the condition of highly talented filly Go Indy Go. The Group 1 winner struggled to recapture peak form last campaign for co-trainers Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas but word from the track is she really flourished while spelling and is ready for a big season.
4. A couple of Adelaide trainers have quietly voiced their displeasure at some recent Saturday programming. “Most of the time we’d much rather keep our runners at home but we don’t have any choice other than take them to Melbourne. There’s no point having them stand in their yards. They need to race,” one trainer said recently
5. It’s still more than a month away but the Spring Stakes is shaping as a cracking race. Leon Macdonald has indicated his star filly Go Indy Go will resume in the Group 3 race, while grand campaigner Happy Trails is also set to kick off his spring campaign in the 1200m feature.