Results of Saturday Group 1 Races and Bowman hits the Turf
It seems as though the only looming threat to the winning streak being posted by Winx is her rider.
Chris Waller held the mighty mare out of the Group 2 Apollo Stakes in order to not risk her streak by substituting riders while Hugh Bowman was sitting out a careless riding suspension.
Bowman was once again the variable, when riding Performer in the Group 2 Todman Stakes on Saturday; he took an unexpected spill at the 200-metre mark.
All the racers were wide by that point, so Bowman was not trampled. Fortunately, he afterwards seemed okay and is being observed only for concussion symptoms. He should be fine for Winx’s next outing, but one can only shake one’s head in admiration that jockeys can experience that sort of incident and not walk away from the job entirely.
Next to jumps racing, sitting on top of green two-year-olds has got to be one of the most hazardous scenarios for any jockey.
In other action at Randwick on Saturday, Kementari won the Group 1 Randwick Guineas, justifying his favourite’s starting price of $2.35 with an easy 1.5 length win.
Happy Clapper won the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes by 1.3 lengths over Global Glamour, with Invincible Gem further back in third, once again showing the value of backing the favourite, although with a starting price of $4.60, this would have been a nice punt to have on.
Down Flemington way, Harlem took the Group 1 Australian Cup from favourite Gailo chop by half a length, but with a starting price of $61, it is doubtful this race cost the bookies much money. Harlem had the longest odds in the field by a considerable margin. Ironically, for a race called the Australian Cup, Harlem is of British origin, second place finisher Gailo Chop is of French extraction and Ventura Storm, the third runner, lists Ireland as his origin.
As expected, Redkirk Warrior took the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington, winning by a nose over Brave Smash and less than half a length ahead of Merchant Navy. Redkirk Warrior jumped at $7, just outside the $6.50 price on offer by Merchant Navy.