No Winx, no worries. Hartnell certainly filled the void with a breathtaking win in the G2 Chelmsford Stakes. Some punters were even questioning whether Winx would have been able to match him. Premature according to The Wolf but don’t take anything away from this victory. Hartnell is back. And in a big way!
Godolphin also collected the G2 Tramway Stakes with Hauraki, while Chris Waller won the G2 Furious Stakes with Foxplay.
At Moonee Valley, Awesome Rock broke clear to win the G2 Dato Tan Chin Nam while Wild Rain proved too slick for her rivals in the G2 McEwen Stakes.
High Mist (Race 3, Randwick)
Always suspected this High Chaparral colt would train on over the spring. He proved that correct with his return in the Ming Dynasty, where he was extremely unlucky not to win. Hugh Bowman tried to force a way clear but James McDonald on Shazee Lee was having none of it, holding him in a pocket. He eventually got out but the bird had flown. Fitting that the race won by Swear as tipping punters that backed him would have had a few choice words to say. Watch out for High Mist out to the mile and beyond. Could be a Spring Champion contender.
Global Glamour (Race 6, Randwick)
One of the stranger runs of the day but one full of merit. She wasn’t brilliantly away but Tommy Berry bustled her out to be in the first four but she lost her compass turning for home and ended up the widest runner. She looked likely to drop out but picked herself up again to run third. Her debut win at Kembla was impressive and having backed that up here out to Group Two company, she’ll be hard to beat when she steps out next. Especially if she can find the fence to guide her around.
Sebring Dream (Race 6, Moonee Valley)
When the Atlantic Jewel Stakes field packed up on the turn this filly was left with a wall of horses in front of her. Michael Walker took hold and waited for clear running. It was too late to make any impression on the quinella which broke away but liked the way she found the line. She was a second-up winner last preparation when stepping out to 1400m. Expect her to go very close to doing the same when we see her again. Michael Walker declared her in the Thousand Guineas post race!
Star Of The Day
Hartnell (Race 3, Rosehill)
Hartnell confirmed his return to form in a big way in the Chelmsford Stakes. When Winx was scratched the market had Prized Icon as favourite but at jump that had completely flipped in Hartnell’s favour. He trucked in behind the leaders and once James McDonald pushed the button he exploded clear to win by 8L, clearly relishing the wet track. He’s $26 into $11 for the Cox Plate. Special mention to Voodoo Lad who missed the kick at The Valley but launched home over the top. Massive win too.
Dibayani (Randwick, Race 8)
Enough is enough isn’t it punters?! Hasn’t won for a thousand years but was still sent around a $3.90 favourite in the Tramway Stakes. Had no excuses in the run, sitting right up on the speed. Hauraki got the monkey off his back, shedding the non winner tag, and he impressed down the outside but what was more telling was that Le Romain kicked back to grab second off Dibayani. He’s allergic to the post. A must for trifectas. But that’s all.
Off The Map
Raw Impulse (Moonee Valley, Race 2)
The boom came off this stayer when he was rolled at Randwick at the back end of his autumn preparation but punters had little doubt that he’d bounce back first-up at The Valley. After opening $2.05 earlier in the week, the big money arrived late forcing him to start $1.65. Damien Oliver had some trouble getting him clear but when he saw daylight there wasn’t much there with leader Mihany pinching it. Very ordinary. He’s on the bench for next start.
Kathy O’Hara on Prized Icon (Race 7, Rosehill)
He was thrown into the Chelmsford Stakes with James Cummings taking advantage of the huge weight difference. The way he was going to win the race was to lead them up and pinch a break with just 50.5kg on his back. Storm The Stars punched up but O’Hara should have forced the issue to run them along. Instead she took hold and he not only lost his advantage but he also pulled his head off. Hartnell won by a football field in the end but it cost him second. Special mention to John Allen on Tosen Stardom.