Crowd favourite: Jockey Hugh Bowman on Winx at Randwick on Saturday. Photo: bradleyphotos苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛Winx is box office gold and if she keeps putting a show like she did in Saturday’s Warwick Stakes, punters should turn out in record numbers at Randwick in the next month.
The Australian Turf Club took a crowd figure at 3pm on Saturday but by 3.40pm when Winx jumped into action it went up by more than 700 as people arrived late to see the star attraction.
“The crowd was up more than 25 per cent but we were pleasantly surprised by the amount of people that came in late,” ATC media manager Brett Devine said. “We put a lot of work into the day and I think a horse like her attracts people to track to see her in person.”
The theatre of the horse was full as Winx and the Warwick Stakes field paraded, with many capturing pictures of the now imposing mare.
Winx didn’t disappoint on the track, winning as expected, but it was the manner of her performance – sitting outside the leader Rebel Dane and dominating that was awesome. The margin was big and could have been bigger.
Chris Waller wants Winx to stay in Sydney until October, so there will be a couple more opportunities to see her. She will be back at Randwick for the Chelmsford Stakes on September 3 and for the George Main Stakes on September 17.
Winx’s mum Vegas Showgirl completed a big day for the family when she gave birth to a Snitzel filly, a sister to El Divino, on Saturday night.
McDonald enjoys captain’s run
Champion jockey James McDonald might live in Australia but he is still an All Black. Like most Kiwis, McDonald longed to wear the black jumper but when you’re just over 50kg that isn’t going to happen. He got the next best thing leading into the Bledisloe Cup match on Saturday night being invited to the All Blacks captain’s run. “It was something that was good to be a part of,” McDonald said. He, along with Jason Collett and Chris Waller, were all at ANZ Stadium for the mauling of the Wallabies.
Strong lead into spring
There were plenty of blackbookers to come from Randwick on Saturday but the final race where Southern Legend overpowered Haptic late could be the strongest lead into the spring.
Haptic was the only one of the leaders to hold on in the fiercely run 1000m, but Southern Legend would not be denied. He ran a faster last 600m than Winx, which clocked a remarkable 32.68, as he charged to victory.
Master trainer Les Bridge will have fun plotting a path with the four-year-old, which is only going to get better over more ground.
Haptic will be better at 1200m and can be followed for profit. Three-year-olds Divine Prophet and Omei Sword were there for all to see with powerful returns.
Fewer options for stayers
Trainers have been left struggling to find options to prepare their staying three-year-olds for the Spring Champion Stakes on October 8 after the Newcastle Spring Stakes dropped to 1300m. Horses need racing to excel over longer trips and the problem for trainers comes before the 1800m Gloaming Stakes on September 24. The Spring Stakes can’t be run at 1600m because of the Beaumont track restrictions in trip, which leaves the only stepping stone beyond 1400m restricted to three-year-olds in September, a benchmark 67 over 1550m at Canterbury in the metropolitan area. Expect the better staying three-year-old prospects to be taking on older horses in coming weeks. It is problem that needs to be fixed.
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