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Timeform Recap: Randwick – September 16

Timeform Recap of the Colgate Optic White Stakes (George Main Stakes) meeting at Randwick on September 16 featuring champion mare Winx.

Timeform Recap: Randwick – September 16

Racegoers at Randwick on Saturday witnessed a host of impressive displays headlined by Winx in the Colgate Optic White Stakes.

Randwick’s nine race program boasted six stakes events and the results highlight how the addition of next month’s Everest Day meeting is breathing new life into the Sydney Spring Carnival.

The Colgate Optic White Stakes (1600m) was Randwick’s feature event where Winx Horseform stretched her winning sequence to 20.


Winx
Winx Picture:Racing and Sports

Settled worse than midfield behind a solid tempo, there were again nervous moments for Winx’s legion of fans as she was urged along at the top of the straight.

Her acceleration once balanced up was impressive and a 1.3 length win ensued over Happy Clapper with a further 4.5 lengths back to Foxplay in third.

Winx continues to re-write the record books with her 20th straight win seeing the champion mare become the first horse to claim consecutive renewals of the George Main Stakes since Kingston Town in 1981/82.

Her display returned a Timeform rating of 123, a pound clear of her 2016 Colgate Optic White Stakes victory and her best run so far this campaign by five pounds.

Twelve months ago, Winx ventured to Melbourne for the Caulfield Stakes three weeks after winning her first Colgate Optic White Stakes.

While this is the likely scenario again, the revamped $500,000 Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) at Randwick on October 14 under Weight For Age conditions at least provides connections with another option for her next start.

It will be four weeks until Winx again graces us with her presence under race conditions.

In the meantime, Colgate Optic White Stakes runner up Happy Clapper Horseform will take a power of beating in the Epsom Handicap (1600m).

After winning the Tramway Handicap first up with an effort assessed at 122, Happy Clapper has improved by two pounds in finishing second behind Winx.

124 sits above the five year winning average of the Epsom Handicap.

Uncanny about Happy Clapper this spring is how he’s followed the same path as 2016 Epsom winner Hauraki Horseform to a T.

The Pat Webster-trained gelding resumed by winning the Tramway Handicap by three quarters of a length as did Hauraki before he finished second to Winx in the Colgate Optic White.

On Saturday, Happy Clapper was even beaten by the exact same margin.

A further four Group races were conducted at Randwick on Saturday including the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m).

Redzel
Redzel Picture:Racing and Sports

The nine horse field included six Group 1 performed sprinters and it was the ultra consistent Redzel Horseform who can boast claiming such a strong renewal of the event.

Prominent throughout, Redzel produced a Timeform rating of 124, a new master figure for the son of Snitzel.

The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained gelding can now boast being the highest rated winner of The Shorts, surpassing equal holders of that title in Terravista Horseform (122+, 2011) and Moss Rocket (122, 1995).

Last Saturday’s renewal of The Shorts was arguably the strongest line up the race has ever attracted with six runners having measured up at Group 1 level.

It is no coincidence at least four of them (Redzel, English, Fell Swoop and Chautauqua) are bound for The Everest at the track in four weeks time.

Libran
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Libran Horseform led in a Chris Waller First Four when winning the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m).

The UK import’s display returned a Timeform rating of 116, the best we’ve seen from Libran since Autumn 2016 where he won the Group 3 Manion Cup (2400m), the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) and ran second as favourite in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m).

Encouraging about his Kingston Town Stakes win is the fact Libran produced it running three pounds shy of his best achieved during that autumn 2016 campaign.

The Group 1 Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick in a fortnight is next for Libran and Chris Waller seemingly has the race in his keeping looking at the stable’s first four in the Kingston Town Stakes.

Libran is their firm tracker, runner up Antonio Giuseppe Horseform is their soft tracker, Life Less Ordinary Horseform will be the lightweight hope while the old boy Who Shot Thebarman Horseform is simply as honest as they come.

Following The Metropolitan, Waller will be able to separate his glut of quality stayers with greater ease courtesy of Everest Day.

While the program’s focus is obviously the $10millon sprint feature, the revamped St Leger Stakes (2600m) now worth $500,000 gives stables another option with their stayers.

The Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) provided a pair of potential lightweight Epsom hopes in the form of Comin’ Through and Tom Melbourne.

Comin' Through and Tom Melbourne
Comin' Through and Tom Melbourne Picture:Racing and Sports

Comin’ Through won the event with a performance assessed at 110 while Tom Melbourne ran to a Timeform rating of 116 giving Comin’ Through 4kg and only being defeated narrowly.

The winner Comin’ Through will carry just 50.5kg in the Epsom Handicap and can continue the strong record four-year-olds have in the event.

During the past two decades, 14 of the last 20 Epsom’s have been claimed by this age group.

The last horse to claim the Bill Ritchie Handicap – Epsom Handicap double was Boban in 2011, trained by Chris Waller.

Tom Melbourne Horseform will meet Comin’ Through 3kg better at the weights in the Epsom Handicap for just a slender defeat, he also meets Happy Clapper 3kg better at the weights for running second to him in the Tramway.

Age is however against Tom Melbourne with the last six-year-old winner of the Epsom being Final Fantasy in 2001.

Alizee
Alizee Picture:Racing and Sports

Alizee Horseform rounds out the stakes winners through George Main Stakes Day having taken out the Tea Rose Stakes (1400m).

Awarded a Timeform rating of 112, the daughter of Sepoy gets her chance to build on the run contesting the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick in two weeks time.

The Tea Rose Stakes – Flight Stakes double has been achieved 14 times in the past with the last to achieve it First Seal Horseform who beat Winx on both occasions.

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R6 RANDWICK 16 September 2017
Colgate Optic White Stakes 3U , 1600m
Race Synopsis: Winx put up another phenomenal performance in winning here – her 20th successive win and her 13th Group One victory. She was a bit slow to move, settled back in sixth place, behind a strong tempo (leaders running first 1000m in 58.69). Hugh Bowman asked her to improve nearing the 600m, where she was conceding the leader (Red Excitement) eight lengths. She responded to riding from the 300m, dashed to the front at the 100m and then drew clear for another amazing win - plus in the fast time of 1:33.65. Happy Clapper was back in fifth place at the 600m, some six lengths from the leader. He moved up well to take the lead at the lead at the 200m, and then fought gamely for second, staging a top-class effort against a champion. Foxplay had a good run in fourth place, improved from the 300m, and then kept battling on really well to take a most respectable third.

FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
7. WINX (AUS)
6yo Mare
CHRIS WALLER
HUGH BOWMAN
57.0
$1.13
 
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  
1. HAPPY CLAPPER (AUS)
7yo Gelding
PATRICK WEBSTER
BLAKE SHINN
59.0
$15.00
 
TEOFILO (IRE) - BUSKING (AUS)
M W Thomas
3rd  
9. FOXPLAY (AUS)
4yo Mare
CHRIS WALLER
BRENTON AVDULLA
56.5
$21.00
 
FOXWEDGE (AUS) - BUTTERS (USA)
Mrs C M Cook, Mrs J L Van Buynder, Mrs T A Schwanke, Mrs M K Mc Leish, Mrs R A Glasgow, Mrs M Wood, Mrs H A Aurisch, Mrs T G Johnston, Ms R E Crane, Ms K M Wood & Boeara Holdings (Mgr: Ms D A Dunphy)
 Jan 15, 2015 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Scone, $160000, Star Thoroughbreds, NSW
 
4th  4. MCCREERY (GB)
5yo Gelding
CHRIS WALLER
MICHAEL WALKER
59.0
$151.00
5th  5. MACKINTOSH (NZ)
5yo Gelding
CHRIS WALLER
GLYN SCHOFIELD
59.0
$101.00
6th  8. HEAVENS ABOVE (AUS)
6yo Mare
T R MARTIN
TYE ANGLAND
57.0
$101.00
7th  3. RED EXCITEMENT (AUS)
8yo Gelding
GERALD RYAN
JOSH PARR
59.0
$26.00
8th  2. ECUADOR (NZ)
8yo Gelding
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
A HYERONIMUS
59.0
$81.00


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