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Caulfield to host first Group 1 of racing season on Memsie Stakes Day

1000-guineas-amicusSpring racing is firmly on the agenda with Caulfield hosting the first Group 1 race of the new Victoria racing season on Memsie Stakes Day on Saturday.

There are a number of exciting racehorses on show this weekend including a number of 2015 Caulfield Cup nominees, with Volkstock’n’barrell and Rising Romance in the Group 1 2015 Memsie Stakes and Set Square in the Cape Grim Beef Plate Mares Handicap.

British import, Bold Sniper, owned by Her Majesty the Queen and trained by David Hayes & Tom Dabernig will also make his Australian racing debut.

While much of the attention will be on the track as some of the Spring Racing Carnival’s most exciting prospects do battle in the five Group races, the action off the track will be just as memorable with some former stars set to tackle the Racing Victoria (RV) Off the Track Triequithon.

The unique event, to be hosted by the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) with the support of Racing Victoria and the Victorian Government, will see 12 talented retired thoroughbred racehorses and their riders compete in three exciting equestrian disciplines between races on the public lawn.

Horses will compete in the equestrian disciplines of dressage, cross-country and show jumping between races at the meeting, accumulating points based on their performance in each discipline.

Headlining the line-up will be retired Group 1 winner Erewhon and his rider, Sydney-based Lyndal Yelavich.

Now an eight-year-old, Erewhon won the 2010 Spring Champion Stakes for Darley and Peter Snowden and was retired from racing in 2013 with career earnings in excess of $400,000.

For more information about Memsie Stakes Day at Caulfield visit the Melbourne Racing Club.

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