meeting banner day for Winx Bowman
From Deane Cummings: March 2018
won the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday
and moved her record to 24 consecutive wins. It was her
17th win and the Group 1 level.
though she had to beat only five others, this race was not
the sort of runaway she produced last time out in the Group
1 Chipping Norton Stakes, where the gap between Winx and
the others could have been measured with a calendar. Second
place runner Happy Clapper and third placer Kementari made
a race of the Ryder. Happy Clapper was less than a length
back and Kementari was less than two lengths behind Winx.
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will be in three weeks when she goes for the tie for consecutive
wins with Black Caviar. It will be the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth
Stakes (2000 m) at Randwick on April 14.
are already early wagering markets open and it would seem
now is the time, as Ladbrokes will give punters $1.20 at
the George Ryder Stakes, trainer Chris Waller and jockey
Hugh Bowman offered their perspectives.
pretty special, I try not to get too caught up in it," Waller
said. "I, like everybody else who is a racing or sporting
tragic have to be pretty proud of her today."
was a bit of a tactical race, there was no pressure early,"
winning jockey Hugh Bowman said. "I actually never went
in behind Brenton (Avdulla - Kementari) because I could
just feel I was getting away from them a bit."
bagged two Group 1s on the day, the other than the Ryder
being the Rosehill Guineas (2000 m). He took third in the
Group 1 Ranvet Stakes and second in the Darby Munro Listed
(1200 m) to make it a nice day's work. In the Golden Slipper
Stakes, Bowman was a disappointing 14th out of 16, but he
stayed on Performer for the entire race.
still will not confirm or deny suggestions that Winx is
headed to England. "We've got to talk about coming back
if she went to Europe and race in her fourth Cox Plate,
she can only really go there for one run, possibly two,
but we've got to put all the cards on the table," Waller
other big race of the day, well, one of them, the Group
1 Golden Slipper Stakes for the juveniles, was won by Estijaab
($8.50), with Oohood ($17) taking second and Magic Millions
winner Sunlight ($5) crossing in third. Pre-race favourite
Written By ($4.80) was unplaced in fourth.
runs for the Hawkes operation and she is showing every indication
of being a champion for years to come. Since she started
competing at the Group level, she has taken a second in
the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes and won the Group 2 Reisling
race was a gripping one. Estijaab won by a neck and between
her and seventh-place finisher Fiesta, the span was just
over three lengths.
took home the top prize of $2 million in the world's richest
race for two-year-olds and produced an impressive show of
unadulterated speed by coming out of the 14th barrier to
get the better of several that were drawn much better.