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Sydney’s Saturday feature is the Group 1 George Main Stakes, with champion mare Winx currently a $1.10 favourite. She’s pushing for her third-straight win in the race after taking it out in 2017 in record time. Can she eclipse that freakish performance on Saturday?
The 2017 George Main Stakes was one of the most exciting races of last year’s Spring Carnival. Red Excitement jumped well and took up the lead at a solid tempo, while Winx ambled out of the gates and settled well back.
As the field approached the turn, punters gasped as Winx’s winning streak looked in danger. Multiple Group 1 winner, Happy Clapper had been beautifully ridden in the race and made his move on top of the rise.
To the delight of the crowd, Winx and Hugh Bowman unleashed their trademark finishing burst and put the race beyond doubt quickly.
The race time of 1:33.65 was a new race record, knocking over the previous benchmark set ten years prior by Racing To Win (1:33.75).
Like a fine wine, this girl just gets better with age. There appears no ceiling to her freakish abilities – her return first up in the Winx Stakes showed that as she defied the day’s pattern to make light work of a fairly sub-par Group 1 field.
Drawn well again on Saturday, Hugh Bowman will have the option to do as he likes, and could easily land comfortably in the 1-1 position.
The mile at Randwick is widely regarded as one of the fairest race starts in all of Australian racing. With a 650m run to the first turn, Hughie will have ample opportunity to find a good position.
It is the “Randwick Rise”, an uphill section in the early part of the home straight that provides the greatest test for most horses. Jockeys who make their runs early “up the rise” can leave their mounts vulnerable late in the race.
This has never been a problem for Winx, however, and if she does find herself in a forward position with cover throughout, we think there’s every chance that race record could end up in tatters come 3:10pm on Saturday.
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