Only seven brave enough to take on Winx

Only seven brave enough to take on Winx

WINX will attempt to extend her unbeaten streak to 27 wins when she tackles seven opponents in the Group I George Main Stakes at Randwick   on Saturday.

The Chris Waller-trained mare will attempt to become the first horse to win the time-honoured Group I weight-for-age race for the third time when she takes on the likes of proven Group I performers Le Romain,Who Shot Thebarman, It’s Somewhat, Ace High, Egg Tart and Unforgotten.

The George Main Stakes is one of six black type races at Randwick on Saturday.

The $200,000 Group II The Shorts will see four confirmed The Everest   runners clash. The field of nine includes Redzel,Brave Smash, English and her stablemate Invincible Star.

A dozen runners will contest Saturday’s Group I Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.

Sydney galloper Happy Clapper will carry the number one saddlecloth but will jump from the outside barrier while Caulfield Cup  favourite  has barrier 10.

Kings Will Dream is one of four Darren Weir -trained runners in the 2018 Makybe Diva Stakes along with Memsie Stakes winner Humidor, Japanese import Tosen Basil and multiple Group I winner Black Heart Bart.

Comin’ Through will be the sole runner for the Chris Walle rstable while Kementari  will represent Godolphin.

Retired

Ken Kelso and Mark Donoghue scored their first winner since forming a training partnership when Adis won the opener at Matamata.

Kelso has retired his open handicapper Cote D’Or to stud, The mare had 18 starts and banked $148,000.One of her best wins was the Matamata Cup.

The 5yo has had a few setbacks and Kelso said she was too valuable as a broodmare to risk further on the racetrack

Baby love

John Bell will spare Athena Baby an exhausting slog at Rotorua Sunday and will scratch her from the highweight, where she received 74.5kg.

Stablemate Storming The Tower will represent the stable. He has 73.5kg to carry

 Mehrts kicks off

Foxton trainer Suzy Gordon is a big fan of the All Blacks.

So much so she always planned to start her Pins first starter at Woodville Friday after an All Black.

She first tried Retallick (already  been claimed), then Beauden (as in Barrett), already in use.

Frustrated she opted for her favourite All Black  Andrew Mehrtens. She got lucky and Mehrtens will make his career debut with Lisa Allpress aboard.

All Mehrtens’ work is done on the beach as he goes shin sore if   worked at the track.

Gordon rates the full brother to Barbaric a good show of pulling off a win on debut. He has  won a trial impressively

Fish done for winter.

Sunday’s Great Northern Steeples winner Chocolate Fish has been sent to the paddock for a well-earned spell.

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