Racing preview (August 9): She’s back, Winx on track for spring campaign

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Updated: August 8, 2017

Australian Horse of the Year Winx worked successfully at Randwick yesterday morning when winning a 1000-metre barrier trial. It was the six-year-old’s 16th barrier trial and first win. She covered the distance in 59.98 over soft (5) ground with regular jockey Hugh Bowman in the saddle; overall 2017-18 season record (WIN-PLACE-UNPLACED): 15-0-23, +11.55 units

 

Trainer Chris Waller says there’s little room for improvement for the world’s best horse on turf after she surprised by winning a Randwick barrier trial. Both Waller and jockey Hugh Bowman appeared content with the fitness of champion Winx who is aiming to join Kingston Town this October as the only horses to win three successive Cox Plates. Winx had never finished top-two in a barrier trial before Tuesday but found herself just off the speed at the turn and improved by two lengths in the straight (more here).

• Hours after Winx has signalled she is on track for another big spring, a list of her potential Cox Plate rivals has been announced. Cox Plate nominations closed on Tuesday, with Winx headlining the 141 entries for the $3 million weight-for-age race on October 28 at Moonee Valley where the champion will attempt to join Kingston Town as a three-time winner. There are 15 internationally-trained horses nominated including invitees Highland Reel, Scottish and Japanese horse Neorealism (more here).

• The late Riverina trainer Richard Freyer never recovered from the pain of missing the Melbourne spring carnival during the equine influenza crisis, his son believes. The champion trainer won 16 successive NSW Southern Districts premierships during a training career that spanned 47 years. But the father-of-two, who died aged 69 this week after battling prostate cancer, was more widely known for the one-time favourite for the 2006 Melbourne Cup, Leica Falcon. The fairytale stayer ran fourth in the 2005 Cup (more here).

 

Today’s racing: Canterbury (NSW – good 4), Sunshine Coast (Qld – soft 5), Belmont (WA – abandoned), Gawler (SA – heavy 8), Geelong (Vic – good 4). Harness racing: Stawell (Vic), Bathurst (NSW), Redcliffe (Qld), Kilmore (Vic). Greyhound racing: The Meadows (Vic), Angle Park (SA), Albion Park (Qld), Richmond (NSW), Bendigo (Vic), Cranbourne (Vic), Rockhampton (Qld), Ballarat (Vic), Wentworth Park (NSW), Cannington (WA).

 

Confirmed betting (card finalised)

Geelong R6 #4 Bastille (win)
Geelong R10 #10 Pablo’s Express (win)
Canterbury R1 #1 Runaway (win)
Canterbury R2 #4 Funoon (win)
Canterbury R6 #7 Missile Coda (win)
Sunshine Coast R4 #1 Cornforth (win)
Gawler R6 #2 Grand Armada (win)

 

Yesterday’s results (WIN-PLACE-UNPLACED): 2-0-4, +0.8 units

Pakenham R2 #8 Antipas (win) 1st ($4.80)
Pakenham R3 #12 Tarima (win) LOSE (2nd)
Scone R6 #2 Miami Dade (win) 1st ($2.00)
Scone R7 #1 Bold Chance (win) LOSE (3rd)
Moruya R5 #1 Chilcotin (win) LOSE (3rd)
Dalby R2 #8 Playbook (win) LOSE (3rd)

 

 

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Sportsbet (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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