Before the spring carnival kicked off this year, we made some predictions regarding how some of the major races were going to pan out.
Despite none of them really hitting the mark, we’ve taken a stab at making some bold predictions for some headlines we may see during the 2022 Autumn Carnival.
Western Empire Stamps Peters’ Dominance in All Star Mile
It was hard to miss Western Empire’s dominant win in the Railway Stakes last week.
Looking through our mile stocks, we are pretty stacked, but this bloke might be better than all of them.
It doesn’t hurt that Bob Peters doesn’t mind a dollar or two, and there’s a heap of cash on offer in the All Star Mile.
Waller Wins 7th Doncaster with Superstar Filly
She might have been late on the scene in the Spring, but gee whiz Espiona left a lasting impression.
Her win during the Flemington carnival was dominant, albeit against her own age and sex.
Chris Waller is an absolute genius in setting horses for the Doncaster Mile, and she fits the profile perfectly.
25 Year First in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes
Not since Intergaze in 1997 has a 3-year-old won the Queen Elizabeth.
We reckon the 2022 edition will have a couple that will go awfully close in Anamoe and Profondo.
Anamoe is an elite 3-year-old, that much is obvious.
When it comes to Profondo, winning the Group 1 Spring Championships at your third start is no easy feat.
He could be anything.
Just on the Queen Elizabeth, it will be absolutely loaded next year with what will likely be a field where every starter is a Group 1 winner.
Hat-trick Demolition in the TJ
Who beats Nature Strip in the TJ Smith next year to prevent him going back-to-back-to-back?
We don’t think there’s a horse in Australia who can beat the highest rated sprinter in the world. Royal Ascot beckons for the Waller-trained superstar.
It Was Only a Matter of Time
Speaking of Chris Waller, the only huge race missing from his CV now is the Golden Slipper.
By all accounts he has an exciting crop of 2-year-olds coming through.
It wouldn’t surprise to see him tick the worlds greatest race for 2-year-olds off the bucket list in 2022.
Declan Jones & Dan Hutcheon