Winx. The one and only Winx. She made it 10 straight wins in the Warwick Stakes and it was nothing more than a walk in the park. Also at Randwick, Divine Prophet and Omei Sword rocketed into Golden Rose calculations, with breathtaking wins. Promising sprinter Southern Legend closed out the day with another spectacular win.
At Moonee Valley, the highlight belonged to the speedy return of Heatherly. She’d a very sharp sprinter with a big race win in her.
Divine Prophet (Race 4, Randwick)
No prizes for blackbooking this Hawkes-trained colt but he’s a must go into the remainder of the spring. To give the entire Up And Coming field a start and launch home to win like he did was the effort of a seriously talented colt. He was a work in progress as two-year-old but it seems he’s worked it all out now. He is a full brother to Proisir who ran It’s A Dundeel to a head over 2000m so expect him to get a mile no problem. Special mention to Kent from the same race. Could be a Deryb prospect.
Dam Ready (Race 5, Moonee Valley)
He was gelded before kicking off his spring and The Wolf liked his effort behind the very smart Ken’s Dream. Luke Currie served it right up to the eventual winner before his condition gave out over the last 100m. Ken’s Dream came off a dominant heavy track win prior and that fitness edge told. Dam Ready is not going to scale to any great heights over the carnival but no doubt there’s a race for him soon if he’s not too aggressively placed.
Dixie Blossoms (Race 8, Randwick)
She didn’t get the cash first-up but The Wolf won’t be jumping off the bandwagon. She got the perfect tag into the race but just couldn’t reel in the winner Pearls. Another 50m and she gets the chocolates. She had every chance but raced like a mare that wanted a touch further. She’s ticking over too well at the moment to not collect a race or two this spring. Still have hopes that she could measure up in a Myer Classic.
Star Of The Day
Omei Sword (Race 5, Randwick)
What a brilliant return. The market suggested she’d make a winning return but few would have predicted she’d be as dominant as she was. She’s by High Chaparral so isn’t entitled to be winning like that over 1200m! It will be fascinating to see what path Chris Waller plots through the spring, presumably with the Thousand Guineas the end goal. She’s out of Irish Lights (who won a Thousand Guineas herself) so a Group One win would make her extremely valuable.
Pilote D’Essai (Race 7, Moonee Valley)
Too soon? Don’t think so. The stable have made no secret of their opinion of this horse and as such, he went around a very skinny $1.85 favourite at his second spring run. If he isn’t beating up a field like that at Moonee Valley how does he measure up deep into the carnival? The jury is now out on this import and although he probably will be suited to a bigger track, he’s still be hard in the market off his reputation. The Wolf will be looking to bet around him next time.
Off The Map
Winx (Race 7, Randwick)
It would have been to obvious to slot her in as the star of the day. Instead she finds herself as the best backed! The $1.40 was snaffled up throughout the week and you’d have thought $1.30 would have been short enough to deter a second flood of money. Nope. A late wave of support saw her jump $1.26. It was a painless watch for punters as she sat outside of the leader Rebel Dane and let down like the star she is. Turns out $1.26 was still overs…
Luke Currie on Shiraz (Race 8, Moonee Valley)
The market rated Shiraz as the danger to the favourite and eventual winner Heatherly. However, he was never given the chance to even hit second gear. He was sandwiched in between runners at the midway point and stayed bottled up all the way to the line. Given that Viddora covered ground and still ran a brave second, if Currie could have his time again The Wolf is sure he would have ridden him uglier to get clear running.