Racing: John O’Shea rues good weather but still rates his Metropolitan chances

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Godolphin trainer John O’Shea was hoping for the usual weather pattern heading into a major Randwick meeting for his Metropolitan hopes Allergic and defending champion Magic Hurricane.

Instead of the rain that has cursed Randwick big days in recent times, a good -4 rated track will greet the runners in the three group 1s on Saturday.

“You can usually depend on rain when Randwick is on and there was some forecasted on Thursday but it didn’t come,” O’Shea said. “My pair in the Metrop would both be better with a little toe in the ground but they are both good stayers looking for this trip [of 2400m].

“Magic Hurricane is going as well as last year when he won the race and Allergic showed last weekend what he can do at the trip [in the Queen’s Cup].

“So we can be confident they are chances but it would have been better for them if the track got a bit of rain.”

It is an important weekend for the Godolphin, Golden Rose winner Astern returns after a little setback in the Roman Consul Stakes, Hartnell steps up to group 1 level in Sunday’s Turnbull Stakes at Flemington and Hauraki is favourite for the Epsom.

O’Shea offers little in terms of Astern because he doesn’t need to talk him up after a comprehensive win in the Golden Rose.

“He does all the talking for us when he gets on the track. We are happy with him,” O’Shea said.

Hauraki will look to break from his group 1 bridesmaid role in the Epsom and is coming off a Tramway Stakes win before pushing the mighty Winx in the George Main Stakes.

“He has had a good preparation and continue to take the steps required,” the trainer said.

Hartnell will look to add a Turnbull Stakes to his spring haul as he begins his Melbourne campaign. The ultimate racing form guide with free tips, live odds and alerts for all racing.

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