Winx’s Warwick win was one for the ages
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.