Talk­ing points from week­end rac­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - MAT KERMEEN

Winx and the Group I grove of the Baker-Fors­man part­ner­ship pro­vided the highs but there were no short­age of tragedies in the rac­ing world over the week­end. Te Rapa was quickly over­shad­owed by Bon­neval’s vic­tory in the Aus­tralian Oaks. Fol­low­ing on from Jon Snow’s Aus­tralian Derby vic­tory, Baker and Fors­man join Clarry Con­ners and Tommy Smith in the elite club of train­ers who have won the Aus­tralian Derby-Oaks dou­ble in the same year. Con­ners achieved the dou­ble with Re­search in 1989 and Smith with Kingston Town and Lowan Star in 1980. strug­gling to fight back the tears fol­low­ing the five and a quar­ter length vic­tory. Satur­day’s Queen El­iz­a­beth Stakes win­ner is head­ing for a break but will be back in the spring aim­ing for her third Cox Plate. If she re­turns in the same form as a then six-yearold next sea­son, there is no telling how many more mil­lion she could win and where in the world she will do it. im­por­tant to keep life in con­text when things do not go your way at a race track. Ap­pren­tice Me­lanie Bol­well, also in­volved in the fall, is in hos­pi­tal with bleed­ing on the brain. It might be frus­trat­ing to lose a bet or a win­ning stake but does it re­ally mat­ter? No mat­ter how dis­ap­point­ing a re­sult might be, pun­ters, own­ers and train­ers still go home to their fam­i­lies. On Satur­day night, Jones did not and nei­ther did Re­becca Black, the mother of three chil­dren, who was killed in a race day fall at Gore last De­cem­ber.

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Winx fin­ishes five and a quar­ter lengths ahead of the chas­ing pack.

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