Hearts in mouths ... but the champ gets there

Saturday, 02 September 2017, 04:47:50 PM. IS this where the winning streak ends? That thought went through the minds of thousands of racegoers at Royal Randwick on Saturday when Winx was 10 lengths off the tearaway leader Red Excitement at the 600m mark in the Chelmsford Stakes and under riding.

The ever-cool Hugh Bowman conceded he was more worried than a fortnight ago and fair play to Red Excitement’s jockey Josh Parr for his daring tactics and almost pulling off the unthinkable.

WINX CHASES BUNNY FOR 19TH STRAIGHT WIN

MIGHTY MARE IS SIMPLY THE BEST

What can you say?

She finds a way to keep making us leave the racetrack saying ‘wow’. She is a legend, the best I’ve seen. Long may her winning streak continue.

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Winx had to knuckle down to reel in tearaway leader Red Excitement in the Chelmsford.Source:News Corp Australia

Nice one, Noah

IF THERE’S one photo that sums up what Winx is doing for our great sport it’s this one.

Young racegoer Noah, 6, donned the Winx silks at Royal Randwick on Saturday to come and see his favourite horse. Wonderful to see.

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Noah showed his support for Winx at Randwick.Source:Supplied

Walker’s tactics queried

STEWARDS grilled Michael Walker on why he shifted out around the home turn aboard My Giuliano in race two.

My Giuliano sat outside the leader Plymouth Road before shifting out around the home turn, which meant the stablemate and odds-on favourite Up ‘N’ Rolling gained a run through.

Here was the transcript.

Racing NSW chief steward Marc Van Gestel: “Did you get a call at the turn.”

Walker: “No”

Van Gestel: “Why did you shift?”

Walker: “I was on empty and when you’re on empty you try and pull them out.”

Van Gestel: “We’re asking you if you knew the stablemate was there.”

Walker: “I didn’t know the stablemate was there. I’m not that type of rider, to be a team rider.”

Walker was reminded to ride his mounts competitively at all times.

Promising signs

THE $1.6 million spent on Merovee as a yearling wasn’t looking like a good investment early but there was reason to hope after Saturday’s performance. The Frankel x More Strawberries colt got a bit hot in the yard but he savaged the line late in the opener to run second. Look out for him over longer.

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Merovee, right, powered home behind Super Ex in the opener on Saturday.Source:AAP

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STEWARDS are still offering a “no comment” re the Ron Quinton saga.

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THEY don’t get much closer than this photo finish in race three at Royal Randwick. Embley held on to score by a nose from More To Gain.

Gallop has Egg on roll

EGG TART tuned up for her return in the Theo Marks Stakes next Saturday with a track gallop between races at Randwick. Egg Tart nosed out stablemate Wayanka in the 1000m gallop in a time of 1min 03.35s.

“I think she is a genuine Epsom horse,” trainer Chris Waller said. “We gave her a good break after Queensland and that is the reason she wasn’t racing two or three weeks ago. She is not a big mare but she is very athletic and quite fit.”

Waller is unlikely to run Egg Tart in the Caulfield Cup this spring.

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GINGERNUTS looks on track for the Melbourne spring with an eye-catching fifth in the Tarzino Trophy (1400m) in New Zealand. Gingernuts copped some interference on the turn but savaged the line.

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I’M NO trackwork expert but if you get a chance go to the Australian Turf Club’s twitter page and have a look at Chautauqua’s piece of work at Rosehill last Thursday. The grey flash looks to be ticking over very nicely ahead of his spring return.

HORSES TO FOLLOW: Merovee (needs longer), More To Gain (a win is coming), Champagne Cuddles (enormous run), Chocante (super first-up run).

RIDE OF THE DAY: JOSH PARR — Red Excitement (almost pulled off the unthinkable).

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I would have hated to be the one to beat her” — Red Excitement’s trainer GERALD RYAN after his horse gave Winx a scare on Saturday.

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