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Converge, Silent Impact and Shout the Bar set to star in upcoming Spring Racing Carnival

 

Shout The Bar winning the 2020 Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes at Flemington

 

Words by Rachel Gray

Nothing is certain yet, but the word is that Shout the Bar, Silent Impact and Converge could all be stable stars in the fast-approaching Spring Racing Carnival in Sydney and Melbourne.

The Sydney Spring Carnival starts in August and runs until October.  In Melbourne, the Cup Carnival kicks off on October 30 and ends on November 6, with the “race that stops the nation” being held on the first Tuesday of November.

In Sydney, the soon to be five-year-old mare Shout The Bar could be a hot contender for The Invitation (1400m) — a new “invite only” $2m race for fillies and mares, Waterhouse co-trainer Adrian Bott said. The race was recently announced by Racing NSW as part of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival and will be held at Randwick on October 23. Twelve starters will make up the field. 

Shout The Bar after winning the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes 

 

Adrian said if the prized mare Shout The Bar does not receive an invite to The Invitation, then she could be heading to Melbourne to “defend her crown”.  Shout the Bar is best known for winning the Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on October 31 during the Melbourne Cup Carnival last year, taking the $800k first prize in a career that has to-date amassed $1,145,325.

Silent Impact winning at Rosehill

 

And following Silent Impact’s win in the Elite Sand and Soil Handicap (1200m) on July 24 at Rosehill, Adrian said, "He’s going to be an exciting horse for the stable over the Spring and we’re just finalising his program now. He was most impressive on Saturday, I thought he was a horse with a lot of class about him and potential to progress a lot further going forwards.” 

 

Adrian added that it was the strength of his win and turn of foot that was the most exciting part about his achievement.  “He’s got bloodlines about him that suggests he’ll be a stayer and get farther distances. So that opens up a wide range of options for him going into his three-year-old career.” 

For now, the Waterhouse-Bott duo are leaving open the possibilities as to whether Silent Impact could be a Golden Rose or a Spring Champion-type of horse in the Sydney Spring Carnival. 

Converge

 

As for Converge, Adrian said the soon-to-be three-year-old is likely to kick-start his Carnival campaign in Sydney then eventually head to Melbourne. Converge impressed the horse racing world with his win in the Group One, JJ Atkins Plate (1600m) for two-year-olds at Eagle Farm in June. He placed first to Chris Waller’s Giannis in second and the Freedman brothers’ Tiger of Malay in third.

The Sydney Spring Carnival starts in August and runs until October.  In Melbourne, the cup carnival kicks off on October 30 and ends on November 6, with the Melbourne Cup.

 
 

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