Forget Mayweather-McGregor, the Bledisloe Cup (when will we ever win the damn thing?!), the AFL Finals, and the Test series against Bangladesh (we cant even beat a minnow!); we’ve got the sporting highlight of the year right here at SportChamps. Saturday sees the running of the first Group 1 race of the season - the $1 million Memsie Stakes at Caulfield. The 1400m feature has been won by some of the greats of the turf, including Atlantic Jewel (2013), So You Think (2010), Weekend Hussler (2008), Miss Finland (2007), El Segundo (2006), Makybe Diva (2005), and Sunline (2000 and 2001). This year’s renewal is an absolute ball-tearer, featuring the likes of G1 winner Vega Magic, who was enormous in winning the Regal Roller Stakes first-up a fortnight ago; defending champion Black Heart Bart; Sydney visitor Le Romain, a three-time G1-winning star; plus Hey Doc, I Am A Star and Yankee Rose. To mark the occasion, and given we’re such a bloody generous lot her at SportChamps, we’re hosting the tournament of all tournaments. If this doesn’t get punters’ pulses racing, nothing will.
Name: Memsie Stakes Day $1 Mega Tournament
Entry fee: Hopefully you’ve already worked it out, but just in case, it’s only $1
Prizes: There’s a guaranteed $2,500 prize pool, with the top 40 per cent getting paid out
Rebuys: A maximum of three per person
So, if you had plans this weekend, be it taking the missus away for a romantic weekend, going to watch your daughter’s netball grand final, or lunch with the outlaws; find a way to free yourself up so you can spend the day laid up on the couch, watching the races, with iPhone in hand. Maybe you can bust out the old ‘Oh, honey, I’ve done my back’ whilst mowing the lawn line. This one seems to work well… deep down, she’s mad at you because she knows you’ll be even morse useless than normal for the next few days, but she won’t say anything because she doesn’t want to look insensitive.
In the Memsie Stakes, I like Hey Doc each way (Caulfield Race 7, No.8), while my best of the day is stablemate Sheidel (Caulfield Race 6, No.4).