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The Randwick Wrap: March 3

The Randwick Wrap featuring a race by race recap of key performers from Chipping Norton Stakes Day at Randwick on March 3 including champion mare Winx.

The Randwick Wrap: March 3

Race by race recap of key performers and ones to watch moving forward from Saturday's Chipping Norton Stakes meeting at Randwick.

Chipping Norton Stakes Day was all about the return of Winx and the Champion mare delivered on the anticipation as she cantered to victory in the feature event.

Winx
Winx Picture:Steve Hart


It was the race prior, the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) which profiles as the race to follow moving forward.

The winner Crack Me Up Horseform showed his credentials for the Doncaster Mile as did Egg Tart Horseform, Interlocuter Horseform and McCreery Horseform.

Race 1: Fui San - Highway Handicap (1600m)

Jason Collett gave Fui San Horseform a lovely run, in on the fence behind the early lead. Once he peeled off the leaders back in the straight, it was over pretty quickly.

He’s run to a Timeform rating of 79.

That was the last Highway Handicap until after The Championships.

There are a couple of nice races for him over the mile at Warwick Farm and Kembla Grange next fortnight.

Until then, his connections can be buzzing about the time their Benchmark 58 horse won at the same meeting as Winx!

Race 2: Just Shine - Benchmark 85 Handicap (2000m)

Saturday was the hat-trick for Just Shine Horseform. He’s run to a Timeform rating of 90. Clare Cunningham has this horse flying.

These lightly-raced types who find a new level once getting up over ground tend to string a few wins together.

There is a 1900m Benchmark 85 at Rosehill in two weeks they should go to.

The runner up Tamarack Horseform should head that way as well. He was good to the line. He’s another who like Just Shine has found a new level in his past couple of runs up over ground.

Race 3: Santos - Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m)

The penny has really dropped for Santos Horseform this prep. He won the Pierro Plate first up now this. He produced a Timeform rating of 109.

The Skyline Stakes isn’t renown as being the form line for a subsequent Slipper winner. Dance Hero Horseform was the last to claim Skyline Stakes/Slipper double in 2004.

Spin Horseform was excellent first up. He’ll likely contest the Pago Pago in two weeks time where he can confirm his place in the Slipper field a week later.

Santos
Santos Picture:Steve Hart

Legend Of Condor Horseform in third was luckless. He was caught three wide but still kept on finding.

They’re going to back him up in the Todman on Saturday or the Black Opal Stakes on Sunday. A strong result should guarantee that Golden Slipper start for the colt.

Race 4: Seabrook - Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m)

Seabrook Horseform forced to travel wide from the draw but was still a cut above in the straight.

She’s edged past a nice filly in Fiesta to win and recorded a Timeform rating of 107.

107 is about on par for a Sweet Embrace. [n[Crystal Lily[/n] was the last filly to claim the Sweet Embrace Stakes - Golden Slipper double in 2010.

Hugh Bowman post race labelled Seabrook as a perfect Golden Slipper horse. That’s an impressive wrap.

Seabrook
Seabrook Picture:Steve Hart

Prairie Fire Horseform will also head north after running fourth in the Blue Diamond so Mick Price has a nice dual pronged attack for the Golden Slipper in three weeks.

Race 5: Crack Me Up - Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m)

Crack Me Up Horseform is a great addition to the Baker stable. He arrived at Warwick Farm on Thursday and 48 hours later, Bjorn pocketed $8500 prizemoney because of him.

The win netted the Mossman gelding a Timeform rating of 117, that’s six pounds clear of his Villiers Stakes win.

He’s of course exempt from ballot in the Doncaster because of that Villiers win. He’s clearly right on track after Saturday.

Crack Me Up
Crack Me Up Picture:Steve Hart

It was good to see Egg Tart Horseform return like that in running fourth. Her spring prep was a forgettable one.

Interlocuter Horseform and particular McCreery Horseform were good late out wide. They’ll both be better out to a mile.

Race 6: Winx - Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m)

Winx Horseform couldn’t have been more impressive. The daughter of Street Cry had the race in her keeping a long way from home. She won by seven lengths and jockey Hugh Bowman barely had to do a thing.

We’ve got her running to a Timeform rating of 132. Scary about that is she tends to produce such a figure when winning her Grand Finals, ie; Cox Plate’s and Queen Elizabeth’s, not so much first up.

16 Group 1 wins. She’s an absolute star. She’ll go to the George Ryder Stakes (1500m) now in three weeks time then the Queen Elizabeth.

After what she produced on Saturday, it’s hard to see her being stopped this autumn.

Only Grand Armee and Tulloch have claimed back to back Queen Elizabeth’s. Winx looks set to be the first mare to achieve the feat come April 14.

Race 7: Shoals - Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m)

After her poor first up run at Caulfield, a lot didn’t want a bar of Shoals Horseform. She’s put it behind her pretty quickly.

The Fastnet Rock filly has run right back up to around her best on Saturday, producing a rating of 112.

The stable have some big goals on the agenda for her. Firstly the Coolmore Classic then potentially the Diamond Jubilee during Royal Ascot.

Shoals
Shoals Picture:Steve Hart

If successful in the Coolmore next fortnight, she’d be the first filly since Regal Cheer back in 2006 to claim the Surround Stakes-Coolmore Classic double.

The placegetters Torvill and Rimraam will appreciate a bit more ground the way they were attacking the line.

Race 8: Dixie Blossoms - Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m)

Dixie Blossoms Horseform was the class mare and was pitchforked into the event under the Set Weights plus Penalties.

That class edge was there for all to see in the straight.

She ran to a Timeform rating of 114. That’s the same figure she ran to winning the race last year.

The Street Sense mare will head to the Coolmore Classic next. She ran third in the race last year.

Dixie Blossoms
Dixie Blossoms Picture:Steve Hart

Interestingly, the last horse to claim the Guy Walter Stake - Coolmore Classic double was Danni Martine in 2005, trained by none other than the man himself, Guy Walter.

Outside of Dixie Blossoms, Raiment Horseform was good second up off a generous break.

Race 9: Osborne Bulls - Benchmark 85 Handicap (1200m)

There was a flood of money for Osborne Bulls Horseform on Saturday and he justified it. The Street Cry gelding settled midfield and really unleashed in the straight.

He’s run to a Timeform rating of 107. That’s a figure which suggests he won’t look out of place at stakes level.

He was only a Benchmark 81 horse prior to Saturday so James Cummings can keep working him through the grades.

That said, a stakes race like the Darby Munro Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill in three weeks looks mighty tempting for a horse who is clearly up to it.

The other eye catcher was Lovani Horseform in fourth. She’s arrived at the Brad Widdup stable as a key subject in a rather controversial case. Based on that first up run though, we in Sydney will be remembering her for some successes in her upcoming preps.

Racing And Sports




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R6 RANDWICK 3 March 2018
Chipping Norton Stakes 3U , 1600m
Race Synopsis: Champion mare Winx, resuming after winning her third successive Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) in October, was simply brilliant yet again in scoring her 23th successive victory and her 16th at Group One level. She was a bit slowly away, raced back in eighth place before moving up deep from the 600m. She cruised to the front at the 200m and then drew away to score effortlessly by seven lengths. She is truly a remarkable thoroughbred. The dual Group One winner Prized Icon raced in fourth place, out one and one back, improved well nearing the home turn, went to second at the 200m and battled on nicely to hold that position after being overwhelmed by the winner. Classic Uniform had a good trip in third place on the rails from his good barrier (2) and kept battling on well to hold the minor placing.

FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
7. WINX (AUS)
6yo Mare
CHRIS WALLER
HUGH BOWMAN
57.0
$1.09
 
STREET CRY (IRE) - VEGAS SHOWGIRL (NZ)
Magic Bloodstock Racing (Mgr: P G Tighe), R G Treweeke & Mrs D N Kepitis
Jan 13, 2013 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Jerry's Plains, $230000, Magic Bloodstock, QLD
 
2nd  
4. PRIZED ICON (AUS)
4yo H
KRIS LEES
GLYN SCHOFIELD
59.0
$16.00
 
MORE THAN READY (USA) - TROPICAL AFFAIR (AUS)
Gooree Stud (Mgr: E M Cojuangco)
Apr 15, 2015 Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Widden Valley NSW, Passed $250,000 Reserve $300,000
 
3rd  
1. CLASSIC UNIFORM (AUS)
5yo Gelding
GARY MOORE
ANDREW ADKINS
59.0
$51.00
 
AL MAHER (AUS) - PYROTECHNICS (AUS)
Glenvallen Investments Pty Ltd Syndicate (Mgr: F L Li)
 Apr 14, 2014 Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Murrurundi NSW, $170000
 
4th  3. LIBRAN (IRE)
7yo Gelding
CHRIS WALLER
BRENTON AVDULLA
59.0
$67.00
5th  5. STAMPEDE (AUS)
5yo H
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
TIM CLARK
59.0
$21.00
6th  2. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)
9yo Gelding
CHRIS WALLER
TYE ANGLAND
59.0
$101.00
7th  8. LASQUETI SPIRIT (AUS)
4yo Mare
L W CURTIS
JAY FORD
57.0
$101.00
8th  9. VINLAND (AUS)
3yo Gelding
TONY MCEVOY
KERRIN MCEVOY
56.0
$67.00
9th  6. JEMADAR (AUS)
4yo Gelding
DAVID PFIEFFER
A HYERONIMUS
59.0
$101.00


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