Champion mare Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) will make the first public appearance of her spring preparation when she barrier trials at Randwick this morning. Winx will contest heat one over 900m at 8.45am this morning. She will be joined in the trial by Gr1 Coolmore Legacy Stakes winner and stable-mate Foxplay, along with other Chris Waller trainees Antonio Giuseppe, Comin’ Through, Tom Melbourne, Who Shot Thebarman, Gr2 winning colts Diamond Tathagata & Souchez. Winx, a recent inductee into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, is preparing for an historic spring campaign in which she will attempt to join the legendary Kingston Town as the only horse to win three Cox Plates. Click here to view all today’s Randwick barrier trial information.
Yarraman Park has announced the 2017 fees for its resident champion stallions I Am Invincible and Hinchinbrook. I Am Invincible, sire of dual Gr1 winning sprinter and stallion Brazen Beau, has had an outstanding year both on the track and in the sales ring. With 19 stakes winners to his credit, I Am Invincible is the sire of Australia’s best 3YO filly I Am A Star who recently added the Gr2 Kewney Stakes & Gr2 Sunline Stakes to her impressive CV which is highlighted by her Gr1 Myer Classic victory in the spring. I Am Invincible, currently the country’s leading stallion by winners to runners with a consistent percentage of more than 50%, is also the sire of brilliant Queensland filly and Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Houtzen. He will stand at $110,000 (inc. GST) this spring. Meanwhile, Snitzel’s three-quarter-brother Hinchinbrook has had a brilliant start to 2017 following his remarkable spring where he was one of only four stallions to sire more than one stakes winner at the Melbourne Cup Carnival. He is the sire of Gr1-winning freshman stallion Press Statement, Magic Millions 3YO Guineas winner Flying Jess, classy juvenile Diamond Tathagata, Gr3 winner Spright and Listed winners Flippant and Derryn. Hinchinbrook’s fee has been set at $44,000 (inc. GST).
The final field has been declared (16 plus three emergencies) and the barrier draw conducted for the world's richest juvenile race – the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) to be run at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday, 18th March. Boom Queensland filly Houtzen is the current $4.40 tab favourite for the race despite drawing wide in barrier 16. Fellow unbeaten filly She Will Reign also fared poorly, with connections coming up with gate 13. The Gary Portelli-trained filly is second favourite at $5. Next best is Blue Diamond winner Catchy at $7 (barrier 8), followed by Blue Diamond runner-up Pariah at $8 (barrier 4). All other runners are at double figure odds headed by Tulip at $11 (barrier 10). The final field is:
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed stallion Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group success when 2YO colt Diamond Tathagata (Hinchinbrook-Maltese, by Tale of the Cat) scored by 0.2 length for trainer Mark Newnham in the $200,000 Gr2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) for 2YO colts & geldings, over fellow colts Coruscate (Exceed and Excel-Dazzler, by More Than Ready) & Single Bullet (Not a Single Doubt-Cheetara, by More Than Ready). Diamond Tathagata, who was a $100,000 purchase at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Kooringal Stud, improved his record to 1 win and 1 placing (including the Listed (R) ATC Inglis Nursery) from 2 starts for $206,100 earnings. From the Tale of the Cat mare Maltese, Diamond Tathagata hails from the family of stakes winner Marwell Lady, dual Group winner Indian Raj, and multiple Group winner Stage Hit, dam of Gr2 winners Encores & Irradiate, and Listed winning sire Sir Laurence.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Manhattan Rain (Encosta de Lago- Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a restricted black-type success when 2YO filly She Will Reign (Manhattan Rain-Courgette, by Charge Forward) scored a scintillating 4 length win in the $500,000 Listed (R) Inglis Nursery (1000m) for 2YOs, over 2YO colt Diamond Tathagata (Hinchinbrook-Maltese, by Tale of the Cat) & fellow 2YO filly African Rainbow (Foxwedge-African Rain, by Woodman). Purchased for the bargain price of $20,000 by Darby Racing at this year's Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, She Will reign extended her unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $307,900 earnings. She Will Reign, who has now won both her starts by a combined margin of 12 lengths, is the new favourite for next year's Gr1 Golden Slipper after her latest impressive win. "She has always been very fast and I originally thought she might only be a nine hundred-metre horse," trainer Gary Portelli told AAP. "Now the next thing we have to do is try to teach her to settle because it can be hard to lead all the way in any big race."