PREVIEW Group 1 $505,000 WINX STAKES (1400m):
By NEALE DONNELLEY
SO, here it is! The best racehorse in the world tackling the world’s biggest racing operation, Godolphin.
The horse, of course, is WINX, the darling of Australian racing and the world for that matter, while Godolphin, interested only in winners and success, is planning her downfall.
WINX is truly amazing.
In the Group 1 $505,000 Winx Stakes (1400m) at Randwick tomorrow she lines up for her 26th consecutive win and her 19th Group 1 victory – unprecedented in Australian racing history.
TABCORP has her marked an almost ‘unbackable’ $1.16 favourite, with Godolphin’s brilliant four-year-old, KEMENTARI, the only other horse under double-figure odds at $7.50.
The fact Kementari’s trainer, James Cummings, decided at the last minute to change his program to take on WINX in this race, should be at least respected.
Cummings’ is well aware what he’s taking on with a horse considered by many as the next big thing in Australian racing.
But, beating WINX is attempting to go to a whole new level!
The question punters around the country will be asking is can she be beaten first-up in this race?
Trainer Chris Waller has gone out of his way to tell us she is in “perfect” condition and he could not have her any better going into this race.
Waller claims looking after her and racing her sparingly (he points out she has raced just eight times in 10 months) are the main reasons why she keeps coming back.
Now a seven-year-old, when many mares are looking at becoming mothers, WINX would appear to be proving herself the ultimate racehorse.
That may be tested in this race at the great Royal Randwick!
KEMENTARI is a very serious racehorse, as his record suggests.
From 12 starts he has four wins and five placings, with almost every start being in Group or Listed races having won more than $1.5 million in stakes.
As a three-year-old he ran second in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas, then went to Sydney and won the G2 Hobartville and G1 Randwick Guineas, before his close third to Winx in the G1 George Ryder.
KEMENTARI resumed with a desperately unlucky and close second to the talented Pierata in the G2 Missile Stakes (1200m) two weeks ago.
Now he’s out to the 1400-metres of the Winx Stakes and Cummings is using this race as his final lead-up to the G1 $1 million Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield in two weeks.
Most speed-maps have Kementari settling a length or two ahead of Winx in the run, and he’ll need every bit of that if he’s going to hold off her legendary finish.
Cummings is tipping he’ll improve significantly out to 1400-metres and short of suggesting Kementari will do the unthinkable and beat WINX, he has declared the son of Lonhro will be “very competitive”.
For us mere mortal punters it’s a call you can make yourself. Don’t be influenced by so-called experts – let you eye and heart rule your punting direction.
For mine, WINX will win again but I am sure KEMENTARI is a special racehorse and he could really test her under these conditions over this distance.
Great race – enjoy it!
(Photo by Grant Guy) (Winx winning 2017 Warwick Stakes)