Thursday, January 15, 2009
Watch Out Curlin—The Hussler’s on the Prowl
Australian sprinter/miler Weekend Hussler failed spectacularly last October trying to stay 12f in the G1 Caulfield Cup, but after a spell and by all accounts a significant growth spurt, his connections have mapped out an ambitious plan for his latest campaign. Over the course of the next three months, his trainer Ross McDonald hopes to take down nearly $9.5 million (US $6.4 million) in prize money, with five G1 races from Australia, Dubai and Hong Kong.
January 31—G1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) Flemington
February 14—G1 Australia Stakes (1200m) Moonee Valley
February 28—G1 MRC Futurity Stakes (1600m) Caulfield
March 28—G1 Dubai Duty Free Stakes (1777m) Dubai
April 26—G1 Champions Mile (1600m) Sha Tin
Considering he has already earned $3,056,900 (US $2,059,433), the seven-time G1 winning Hussler could be a serious challenger to Curlin’s record in the not-too-distance future—last year’s world number 1 ranked 3-year-old sprinter (according to the IFHA World Thoroughbred Rankings) is a gelding so there’s no rushing him off to the breeding shed.