Winx, win­ners and jack­pots

Racing writer Tim Ryan takes a look at hap­pen­ings in the racing world in the past week in­clud­ing the win­ning march of Winx and two New Zealand horses cre­at­ing their own win­ning legacy.

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One: Winx is num­ber one with racing fans

She’s been do­ing it the hard way but cham­pion mare Winx finds a way to win. As in her two pre­vi­ous wins in the cur­rent cam­paign, she left her le­gion of fans with hearts in mouths as she was ap­par­ently un­der pres­sure a long way out in Saturday’s Ge­orge Main Stakes (1600m) at Rand­wick.

In her third run back from a spell, she set­tled third last be­fore jockey Hugh Bow­man en­sured she was off the fence and chas­ing the leader Red Ex­cite­ment. In the end, Winx ($1.10 favourite) de­feated Happy Clap­per in 1:33.65 sec­onds, with Fox­play third.

The mare’s trainer Chris Waller said he never doubted her abil­ity to win the race. ‘‘I’m not too wor­ried about how she was trav­el­ling in the race ... true cham­pi­ons they nor­mally come out and win,’’ Waller said. ‘‘She is on track for some big races this prepa­ra­tion. It’s great Syd­ney have em­braced her.’’

Not just Syd­ney Chris – but all of Aus­trala­sia and surely the en­tire racing world watches when Winx goes to the races. Her racing pat­tern might have changed but she’s run­ning out­stand­ing sec­tion­als and more im­por­tantly, she keeps on win­ning.

Two: Mul­ti­ple wins great for racing

Two black-type races were held in New Zealand on Saturday and the re­spec­tive win­ners are won­der­ful horses. The diminu­tive filly Prom Queen is prov­ing to be quite spe­cial. Her turn of foot is elec­tric and you’ve got to love the way she goes about her busi­ness – head down, neck stretched and go­ing for it. She beat some good ones in Saturday’s Group III North­land Breed­ers Stakes (1200m) on her home track at Ruakaka notch­ing her sev­enth win from eight starts for train­ers Ken (also part of the own­er­ship syn­di­cate) and Lisa Rae and Krys­tel Wil­liams.

She’s won her last five in a row which is the same as Group III Met­ric Mile (1550m) win­ner Dol­cetto at Awa­puni. The 5-yearold geld­ing has won seven of his 10 starts and is a horse go­ing places for Levin co-owner and trainer Sylvia Kay. Race fans are be­gin­ning to get on the sup­port band­wagon of both horses which is thor­oughly de­served, horses of their class and courage are what keeps racing in­ter­est­ing. En­joy­ing the ride so to speak, are the horses’ re­spec­tive jock­eys who hap­pen to be cousins, Alysha Col­lett won’t let Prom Queen out of her sight and like­wise Sa­man­tha Col­lett who part­ners Dol­cetto.

Three: Jack­pot ma­nia good to see

The ‘‘gen­er­ous’’ New Zealand TAB guar­an­teed a Pick6 pot of $500,000 on Saturday. Pun­ters ripped into the $230,000-odd carry over from the pre­vi­ous week and made the TAB’s guar­an­tee look pal­try as they boosted the pool to a whop­ping $782,940.00. The horses played their part with the first five legs won by ei­ther hot favourites or well backed con­tenders giv­ing 613 ner­vous pun­ters a shot at the gold go­ing into the fi­nal leg.

Just 23.66 units col­lected a share of the $33,091.30 paid out to each full unit af­ter $23 fancy He’s Cava­lier held out the favourite Mon­go­lian Leg­end but plenty of pun­ters got a run for their money across the six legs.

It seems a shame pun­ters don’t get more op­por­tu­ni­ties like the one they had on Saturday. Big pots en­gen­ders great in­ter­est and mo­ti­vate peo­ple to have a bet.

Four: Go­ing on hol­i­day? Bet be­fore leav­ing – yeah right

It was sug­gested in a me­dia re­lease last week that pun­ters should have a bet be­fore head­ing to Aus­tralia – re­ally.

The sug­ges­tion came af­ter the New Zealand Racing Board learnt that the Aus­tralian Par­lia­ment had passed leg­is­la­tion ban­ning any­one based in Aus­tralia from bet­ting on racing or sports through off­shore agen­cies. The In­ter­ac­tive Gam­bling Amend­ment Act was gen­er­ally aimed at rogue bet­ting plat­forms in Asia and else­where, but the New Zealand TAB was caught up.

NZRB, which in­cor­po­rates our TAB, be­came aware of the leg­is­la­tion last week and one of its first moves was to no­tify their 800-odd Aus­tralian-based ac­count hold­ers that they had been locked out of their ac­counts and funds would be re­funded.

Bet­ting rev­enues from that source have been es­ti­mated in the low seven-fig­ure bracket, while others caught in the net in­clude New Zealan­ders vis­it­ing Aus­tralia but now pre­vented from con­tin­u­ing to bet through their TAB. Bring on Race Fields leg­is­la­tion. Five: Redzel on top of Ever­est The Ever­est is draw­ing closer and in­ter­est is mount­ing. Redzel was last week con­firmed as a run­ner in the A$10,000,000 The Ever­est (1200) for Oc­to­ber 14 and on Saturday con­firmed his sta­tus as a ma­jor con­tender. Redzel was se­cured by slot holder James Har­ron Blood­stock to run in The Ever­est af­ter a deal with struck with the geld­ing’s owner Triple Crown Syn­di­ca­tions.

PHOTOS: RACE IMAGES/TR­ISH DUNELL

Dol­cetto (Sam Col­lett) and right, Prom Queen (Alysha Col­lett) ex­tended their re­spec­tive win­ning streaks to five on Saturday with fea­ture race wins at Awaop­uni and Ruakaka re­spec­tively.

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