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Decision time awaits Chris Waller

Those that follow racing would applaud the decision of Chris Waller, and the owners of Winx, as she will remain in Australia for a possible fourth win in the W S Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in late October.

Nothing would have been gained by going to Royal Ascot really, the timing was all wrong; she is accustomed to being rested during the winter and summer, nothing is going to change now.

Waller is a great trainer that is a proven fact; he has nursed the champion through a marvellous career, with 24 wins on end.

She will wind up her autumn campaign in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2000 metres, at Royal Randwick over the Easter carnival.

Winx has only raced at carnival time, spring and autumn, she has reached the pinnacle, there is nothing further for her to prove.

Waller has been kind to her, she has always had those long extended breaks from racing, that has been a major factor in her successful career, she has never been punished.

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Tony Pike sets sights on Oaks.

Cambridge based trainer, Tony Pike, is setting his sights on his two fillies, Caricature and Terra Sancta, both performed to his satisfaction in the New Zealand Oaks, and are on target for the Australasian Oaks in Adelaide next month.

“They both ran really well in the New Zealand Oaks, Caricature did a lot of work early in the race for the first 1000 metres, she fought on bravely to finish fourth to three pretty talented fillies.”

“She has come a long way in a short time, I couldn’t have been happier with her, and Terra Sancta was a 100-1 chance, she was coming off an unusual preparation to get there, she got a long way back in the field, however, her race sectionals were some of the best in the race.”

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Caricature

 

Hellbent takes out last Group1

There were no hard stories about this time, Hellbent was right on the ball in winning the Group 1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley.

He was denied the Oakleigh Plate, due to sheer bad luck, however, that is all behind him now, there was no bad luck story last night, Craig Williams made sure of that.

Instead of looking for runs Williams elected to circle the field that was the winning move, the race was soon put beyond doubt.

The Mitchell family, Arthur and Harry, are involved in the ownership of Hellbent, and now that he has won a Group1, and rising five year old, a stud career may not be far off.

Hellbent is by Yarraman Park’s leading sire, I Am Invincible, whose progeny earnings this season are $9,946,858.

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Hellbent wins William Reid Stakes 

 

Chess Star wins at The Valley

Chess Star led his rivals a merry dance when he led all the way for an impressive win at Moonee Valley, on Friday evening.

The win was appropriate as Gai Waterhouse jointly trains the colt with Adrian Bott, and she trained his sire, Fighting Sun, who remained unbeaten after just two starts.

He looked a definite Golden Slipper horse in the making, until an injury stepped in and he was forced into retirement.

This was Fighting Sun’s first city winner, and it certainly won’t be his last, his dam, Social Glow, won eight races, including the Christmas Handicap, she was a pretty handy mare and was up to listed company, leaving five winners from seven foals to race.

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Fiorente has First Winner

Fiorente had his first winner when Hawkshot won impressively at Ballarat, at his first start.

He could well graduate to City Company, as he was well above those that he met on his home track.

The colt is raced by the breeders, Sun Stud; he is a bay from Rosa Perlato, a mare by Encosta de Lago.

Hawkshot is about the only serious horse to race at this stage by Fiorente, others will soon be coming through the system as we reach the few remaining months of the season.

The ability of Fiorente as a sire should not be questioned; he was a great racehorse to come off a Melbourne Cup win, and then the Australian Cup, that is the ultimate.

 

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