Winx’s War­wick win was one for the ages

The Sportsman Weekend - - International Races -

WINX has beaten far deeper fields and beaten them more eas­ily than she did in last Satur­day’s epic ATC War­wick Stakes (Gr. 2, 1400m) yet the race must rank high among her finest per­for­mances.

Af­ter miss­ing the start by at least four lengths and trav­el­ling wide through­out she was still able to charge home run­ning amaz­ing sec­tion­als to score with some­thing in hand at the line to record her 18th suc­ces­sive win.

I have been watch­ing top level rac­ing in Aus­tralia since the 1960s and would put Winx right up there with the best horses I have seen

high among those over­come great ad­ver­sity yet still be good enough to win.

My mind goes back to Lonhro’s vic­tory in the 2004 VRC Aus­tralian Cup af­ter be­ing blocked in badly in the straight and to his Caulfield Guineas win when he came from last on home turn with an over­pow­er­ing run.

While well be­fore my time, one could also men­tion cham­pion Shan­non’s fa­mous half-head de­feat by Blue Leg­end in the 1945 Ep­som Hand­i­cap af­ter be­ing left hope­lessly at the start.

As a true lover of rac­ing, it was in­deed priv­i­lege to be at Rand­wick last Satur­day once again wit­ness the great­ness of Winx.

Winx, of course, is by de­ceased Street Cry and her dam Ve­gas Show­girl is shortly due to foal to Ex­ceed Ex­cel but will not be served this sea­son in readi­ness for a trip to Bri­tain early next year for mat­ing with lead­ing sire Dubawi.

STRONG tail­winds en­sured a num­ber of track and race records were shat­tered at Rand­wick last Satur­day but the new sea­son has be­gun bril­liantly for cham­pion sires Snitzel and Fast­net Rock.

Snitzel had a stakes dou­ble at Rand­wick with Dracarys and Sweet Redemp­tion while at Caulfield his son Juke­box cap­tured the Vain Stakes (Gr. 3, 1200m).

Fast­net Rock had three win­ners on the Rand­wick pro­gram, two of them in stakes events, the filly For­mal­ity the Sil­ver Shadow Stakes and De­ploy in Show County Qual­ity, plus the promis­ing Comin’ Through, a half-brother to Cri­te­rion.

LAST week­end was a busy one in in­ter­na­tional rac­ing, num­ber of black-type tests be­ing con­tested in the United States, Bri­tain, Ire­land and France with a num­ber of re­sults of in­ter­est to Aus­tralian breed­ers.

In Cal­i­for­nia cham­pion Ar­ro­gate (Un­bri­dled’s Song) re­turned to some­thing like his best when a strong fin­ish­ing, half-length sec­ond sta­ble­mate Col­lected (City Zip) in the Pa­cific Clas­sic (Gr. 1, 2000m) at Del Mar.

Now earner of $US 1,260,500, Col­lected comes from the fam­ily of the in­flu­en­tial sire Blush­ing Groom and his win­ning dam He­lena Bay (Johannesburg — Josette, by Dane­hill) has blood­lines well ap­pre­ci­ated in our part of the world.

An­other Grade 1 win­ner in the United States last Satur­day was su­perbly bred three-year-old filly Elate, the 18th win­ner at the high­est level for Dar­ley’s shut­tler Med- aglia d’Oro, in the Alabama Stakes (2000m) at Saratoga.

Sec­ond to Abel Tas­man in the Coach­ing Club Amer­i­can Oaks, Elate won by five and a halflengths, no sur­prise when you look at the depth of her fe­male pedi­gree as her first four dams (Cheery, by Dis­torted Hu­mor; Yell, by A.P. Indy; Wild Ap­plause, North­ern Dancer and Glow­ing Tribute, by Graus­tark) all be­ing im­por­tant win­ners by lead­ing sires.

Dar­ley (NSW) shut­tle stal­lion Te­ofilo (Galileo) had a big week­end in Europe, rep­re­sented by his 13th Group 1 win­ner when daugh­ter Aj­man Princess cap­tured the Prix Jean Ro­manet (2000m) in race record time at Deauville and his four-year-old son Mas­saat had a com­fort­able suc­cess in the Hunger­ford Stakes (Gr. 2, 1400m) at New­bury.

Young sire Frankel (Galileo) has been on a hot streak of late with four stakes win­ners in the space of a week, most re­cent of them high priced Cool­more year­ling pur­chase Rostropovich, a half-brother to Zof­fany from the Machi­avel­lian mare Tyranny, nar­row win­ner on Sun­day of the Fu­tu­rity Stakes (Gr. 2, 1400m) at Cur­ragh, to take his tally stakes win­ners 13.

Not to be out­done, Frankel’s fa­mous fa­ther Galileo came up with stakes win­ner 254 on the same pro­gram when ju­ve­nile filly Mag­i­cal took the Debu­tante Stakes (Gr. 2, 1400m).

Mag­i­cal is a sis­ter to top filly Rhodo­den­dron and Fly­ing The Flag from the Ir­ish One Thou­sand Guineas win­ner Half­way To Heaven, by Piv­otal.

Europe’s lead­ing first sea­son sire to date this sea­son is the pre­ma­turely de­ceased Group 1 win­ner So­ci­ety Rock (Rock of Gi­bral­tar) who on Sun­day sup­plied his most im­por­tant win­ner when son Un­for­tu­nately had a com­fort­able vic­tory in the Prix Morny (Gr. 1, 1200m) at Deauville.

IT is with great sad­ness I an­nounce to read­ers this is my fi­nal Breed­ing World col­umn for Sports­man af­ter be­ing a con­trib­u­tor for more than 40 years.

A change in ed­i­to­rial pol­icy, the need to re­duce pro­duc­tion costs and lack of advertising sup­port from stud farms has brought my long run to an end and has also ended Sports­man’s cov­er­age of the Aus­tralian in­ter­na­tional breed­ing in­dus­tries in Breed­ers’ Guide, a fea­ture I ini­ti­ated in 1973.

I hope you have found my col­umns in­for­ma­tive and en­joy­able read­ing and thank you sin­cerely for your sup­port over so many years.

Winx

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