Some of WA’s best three-year-olds will compete in the inaugural $100,000 TABtouch 3YO Classic (Race 7-1000m) at the Bunbury Turf Club’s innovative season opening raceday tomorrow.
Three of last season’s highest rated juveniles, The River, Saul’s Special and Atacama Sky, clash with off-season sensation Sweet Ora, and well-regarded locals Gee Boss (pictured) and Swift Platinum, in what is an outstanding first edition to WA’s newest feature race.
The Classic is one of eight quality races to kick off the south-west racing season at Bunbury’s first-ever metropolitan stand-alone season opener.
“We couldn’t be happier with the fields and the standard of the TABtouch Classic line up,” Club chief executive officer Alex Doble said.
“An average of over 13 acceptors per race suggests the day has received significant support across the board and has obviously been well programmed.
“The last Saturday meeting of the Belmont season has traditionally been a low-key affair, so we felt it could be an opportunity for our Club to host a metropolitan meeting on that date and try and use it as a launch pad for our new racing season.
“The quality of the fields and the fact it falls on Caulfield Guineas Day means our Club has been afforded every opportunity to make Classic Day a real hit. The only thing that may slow us up a bit is the weather.”
Doble reported the rainfall received this week cancelled out the track’s scheduled watering programme, however, the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting “showers and a possible storm” in the morning and afternoon.
“Obviously, the weather is out of our control but right now the track is good as gold,” he said.
“The 10ml of rain we received on Thursday meant we didn’t have to water the track, but the Bureau is suggesting a very high chance on rain for Saturday … it just depends on how much rain as to how the day is impacted. RWWA Stewards will inspect the track at 6.30am tomorrow morning.”
Doble is hopeful a successful first edition of the TABtouch-Bunbury 3YO Classic may catch the eye of the Australian Pattern Committee (AusPC) and become the Bunbury Turf Club’s fifth black-type event.
“The strength of Saturday’s line-up gives us a good chance of hitting the necessary benchmarks to be considered worthy of black type,” he said.
“This race fits in neatly with the traditional WA Guineas pathway and is a perfect lead-up to the Belgraia Stakes at Ascot in two weeks time.”