Ben­batl poses as Winx’s main ri­val

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

It is all about Winx at Moonee Val­ley to­mor­row as she strives for a fourth Cox Plate.

Ben­batl looms as the main ri­val but can he deny the mare a 29th straight win?

Prob­a­bly not but if there is an up­set he is the one with the abil­ity to cause it.

Ben­batl won the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes two weeks ago with Blair House a close sec­ond and Hu­mi­dor third.

Can­not tip against the mare so it’s Winx to win from Ben­batl with Hu­mi­dor third.

Many Mel­bourne Cup hope­fuls can al­ways be dis­missed af­ter the Caulfield Cup.

From Satur­day’s race only Best So­lu­tion, The Cliff­sof­mo­her, Duretto and per­haps Chest­nut Coat, who needs a fast pace and firm track, can be con­sid­ered for Flem­ing­ton.

Best So­lu­tion ($12), an­other Cup win­ner for the col­umn, has not been pe­nalised due to top­weight’s poor record in the Mel­bourne Cup.

He also has to con­tend with a stronger field.

New play­ers in­clude Yu­catan, Magic Cir­cle, Avil­ius, La­trobe, With­hold, Mun­ta­haa and Cross Counter.

New favourites emerged for the Vic­to­ria Derby and Oaks when Thinkin’ Big and Verry Ellee­gant, both Fol­low selec­tions, won on Satur­day.

They seem to stand out in a year lack­ing above aver­age stay­ing three year-olds.

Chip­pen­ham was a pop­u­lar win­ner at War­rnam­bool on Fri­day.

He re­sumed from a spell in the Bench­mark 70 (1300m).

Chip­pen­ham ($7.50) rid­den by Lu­cinda Doodt set­tled third and reached the lead 100m from the post.

He went on to de­feat Due­course by three quar­ters of a length with La Lova third.

Fol­low - Pier­ata: Rand­wick win took his record to six from 14 starts and should find suit­able race in Mel­bourne.

Com­ing win­ners: Icon­o­clasm won at Caulfield and is con­sis­tent once he strikes form.

Aloisia ended a string of un­placed runs with Caulfield third, pro­duc­ing a fast fi­nal 200m.

Di­plo­matico im­pressed at Rand­wick at his third start and des­tined for Group races.

They race at Echuca to­day.

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