CARNIVAL CLUESEaster Monday racing in Sydney has found a home. The Sydney Turf Club’s family fun day race meeting at Canterbury yesterday was a resounding success. The next generation of racegoers may well have been present. Children and their families turned up in numbers. The STC hosted its inaugural Easter Monday due to the Sydney autumn carnival race dates being anchored for the first time, instead of being beholden to the ever-changing Easter Saturday. The day was once the domain of the Australian Jockey Club and its derby day meeting but last Saturday the STC held its Golden Slipper meeting on Easter Saturday for the first time. In doing so it had to pick up Easter Monday and yesterday 4116 fans turned up at Canterbury. Jumping castles, putt putt golf, carnival rides and food stands added to the atmosphere.GAI’S TRIPLE TREATGai Waterhouse dominated Canterbury, winning three races, with New Zealand import Herculian Prince taking out the Neville Sellwood Stakes. ”A nice horse coming through the grades,” Waterhouse’s stable representative Mark Webbey said of Herculian Prince, which made it three straight wins. ”The JRA Plate on the final day of the Randwick carnival is next, we might look to Brisbane, we’ll see how he goes.” Waterhouse also won with Princess Quality and Tinjirarni. The trainer’s former apprentice, Daniel Ganderton, rode Herculian Prince but the lanky lad might be in hot water after he clashed with the clerk of the scales, Noel Cuthbert, when weighing out on the gelding. Stewards adjourned the matter until Thursday night’s Canterbury meeting, with Ganderton’s boss Paul Messara asking to be present.RODD READY TO ROCKJockey Michael Rodd gave the Ross Simpson-trained winner Nightofthegeneral the seal of approval at Canterbury yesterday while warning his Australian Guineas winner Rock Classic is set to turn the tables on Rosehill Guineas conqueror Zabrasive in Saturday’s AJC Australian Derby. ”I don’t have a problem with the 2400m on Saturday,” Rodd said. ”Why? Because he switches off really well and Bart Cummings trains him.”
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