In 2020, the racing industry managed to defy the odds and continued on-course despite COVID-19. The year ahead is looking positive and excitement is brewing for the upcoming Queensland Winter Racing Carnival, which kicks off this Saturday 8th May 2021 with another quality race meeting at the Gold Coast. The nation’s top jockeys and trainers will be in attendance, including the ‘Wizard of the West’: WA jockey William Pike. At 4.24pm on Saturday, the ‘lucky last’ Race 9 will jump – the Listed Attwood Marshall Lawyers Silk Stocking with the fillies and mares fighting it out for that elusive ‘black type’.
Listed Silk Stocking Race
The Silk Stocking is a listed race at the Heineken Gold Coast Cup Raceday for fillies and mares. It is held on the Gold Coast each year and historically was part of the Prime Minister’s Cup Race Day. The race was introduced in 1991 as a 1400m race, however in 2005 it changed to 1200m. As of this year, 2021, the race will once again return to its original length of 1400m.
It is a very important race restricted to fillies and mares and because it is a “listed race”, the winner and second and third place getters for the race will obtain “black type”. The “black type” rating relates to the pedigree page of the filly or mare and is highly sought after in the breeding ranks of thoroughbreds. The difference in the value of the filly or mare in its future breeding life and the sale price of the mare itself or its progeny is dramatically affected by whether the horse holds the elusive “black type”. It is little wonder that the race attracts such a strong field of racehorses across the nation and the top jockeys and trainers.
The Silk Stocking race for 2021 looks to be a fairly open affair with the Steve O’Dea trained Wonderful Riri to be sent out as favorite. No doubt there will be some interest in champion jockey William Pike’s ride in Maui Girl at good odds, as will the Tony Gollan trained Foxwedge mare Goldifox with Melbourne Cup winning jockey Craig Williams aboard.
We wish the connections of all runners well and good luck in the running. Hopefully, the race winner will go on to bigger and better things! Whoever wins will certainly be a more valuable asset as a future broodmare.
Gold Coast Cup Race Day
Attwood Marshall Lawyers are proud to be a long-term corporate sponsor of the Gold Coast Turf Club (Aquis Park) and excited to see the lineup for the upcoming group races.
The Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas [JG3] for 3 year olds, the Group 3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic (a 1200 metre race for 2 year olds), the quality $105,000 Bat Out Of Hell sprint over 900 metres and the listed Gold Coast Bracelet over 1800 metres all support the main race of the day which is the Group 2 AD Hollindale Stakes [JG4] which has attracted many Group 1 winning horses, trainers and jockeys. The AD Hollindale Stakes has a rich history with the Gold Coast Turf Club and has been knocking on the door of obtaining a Group 1 racing status for several years. Attwood Marshall Lawyers were proud sponsors of this race in 2017 and 2018.
It is hoped that the high-quality field this year in the Hollindale will be the first step in ensuring that this historic race achieves the Group 1 status that it deserves. GCTC CEO Steve Lines has done a great job in attracting this quality field and it is sure to be a very competitive race with the James Cummings trained Avilius holding favoritism with Nash Rawiller aboard. No doubt he will be pressed by fellow Group 1 winners in Fifty Stars (William Pike), Melody Belle, giant killer Nettoyer and the Chris Waller trained Humidor (Michael Rodd). The AD Hollindale Stakes has a rich history of champion Group 1 winners, including Caufield Cup and Melbourne Cup hero Might and Power (1998), Showgun Lodge (2000 and 2001), Rough Habit (1991 and 1992) and Danewin (1995).
The race day is jammed packed with quality races and is sure to be very popular with the race-going public. The recent rain has ensured that the track may be a little on the soft side but hopefully the well -drained Gold Coast track will race evenly for all participants. Attwood Marshall Lawyers will have a contingent watching the race from the Crystal Lounge located in the members section of the Turf Club.
Attwood Marshall Lawyers are Equine and Racing Law Specialists
Attwood Marshall Lawyers are one of the few law firms that have a specialist team that practice exclusively in thoroughbred breeding, racing and equine law. Our senior lawyers are heavily involved with the racing industry and have hands on experience in breeding thoroughbred horses.
We can assist with:
- Compensation claims for injured staff and jockeys
- Stallion and racehorse syndications
- Appeals for trainers and jockeys
- Business structuring for breeders and owners
- Taxation advice and ATO racing industry audits
- Litigation for contract disputes (ownership disputes, syndicate leases etc.)
If you have a thoroughbred breeding, racing or equine law enquiry, you can contact Commercial Litigation Department Manager, Amanda Heather, on direct line 07 5506 8245, email firstname.lastname@example.org or free call 1800 621 071 at any time.