Reason Winx Beatable this Spring has Something to do with Rider
Jockey Hugh Bowman is willing to admit that the horse that made him especially famous, Winx, is beatable this spring, but that could simply be a case of trying to make everyone think that it is worth the trip to Randwick to see her go for her 20th win.
Judging from her past two races, however, it seems as though human error is a bigger threat than any of the other horses.
Bowman missed the jump in Winx’s first up, the Group 2 Warwick Stakes at Randwick August 19. She spotted the field four lengths in a 1400 m race and at no point was Bowman seen to get off and do any pushing. He merely had to hold on and try to keep a low profile to reduce the wind resistance.
Second up in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes, the start was fine. Bowman dropped his stick, not that Winx needs much urging, and probably considered stopping to retrieve it, thinking, “Hey, that was my best crop,” before once again leaving all the heavy lifting to his horse.
Hopefully, the two can work as a team in this weekend’s Group 1 George Main Stakes, where Winx is a $1.09 favourite, although we had expected to see her shorten from when we checked a few hours ago.
Happy Clapper has held steady at $12.00 and the only other with an outside chance, according to the odds, is Foxplay at $15.00, or perhaps Red Excitement at $20.00, although given Bowman’s recent run of misfortune, maybe even $91.00 McCreery has a chance.
Earlier today, there were eight horses looking for a chance to be part of history, but Tom Melbourne has been scratched.
Winx will be jumping from the number one barrier and has a 2kg weight advantage over Happy Clapper.
Hopefully, Bowman will not steer her into the wrong slot, or some other such.