Wonder Mare Winx Wins Again
The Chris Waller trained Winx ($1.10) took out her third Group1 WFA Chipping Norton Stakes in a row in stunning style at Randwick on Saturday.
Racing first up and not being at peak fitness, missing the start and settling near the rear of the field, the 6 year old looked to have the job ahead of her early on in the event. However, when you’re the best horse in the world and are being ridden by the jockey rated as the best in the world in his field - nothing is impossible.
At the 600 metre mark Hugh Bowman clicked Winx into gear and she circled the field before exploding away to defeat Prized Icon ($16.00) by 7 lengths recording her 23rd win in succession.
Winx has now had eight racing preparations and it was her highest rating first up run ever - indicating that she has returned to racing better than ever and that Black Caviar’s record of 25 wins in a row is now well within her sights.
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Written By Takes Out Blue Diamond
We witnessed a star in the making at Caulfield on Saturday as the Grahame Begg trained 2 year old Written By blitzed his rivals to take out the 2018 Blue Diamond Stakes.
After drawing barrier 15 in the 16 horse field and racing three wide without cover in the run, the chestnut colt guided by Jordan Childs speared three lengths clear of his rivals early in the home straight. Despite being wayward and running out late the youngster was able to win by a margin of 2 ˝ lengths at the finish.
There was a decent plunge that saw the horse backed in from odds of as much as $11.00 to start the $5.50 favourite by race time. The support came on the back of some sensational track work on Monday that trainer Grahame Begg described as having “To be seen to be believed”.
Now unbeaten after three runs and having achieved the rare feat of winning a Group One feature race at only his third race outing, Written By is a horse going places - and depending on how the 2 year old pulls up after his big victory - Sydney is likely to be one of those places. Written By is currently listed on the fourth line of betting at odds of $8.00 for the Golden Slipper.
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