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