Thoroughbred Reunion as Randwick Racing Proves Life after Winx

When we permit ourselves to engage in fanciful reveries, we imagine the crowd reaction were Winx to be lead out for an encore in this weekend’s Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400 m, w.f.a) this weekend at Randwick.

We imagine the other horses in the field letting her win, out of a sense of respect.

The fantasy just became whimsical, because it would not be necessary to let her win.

She would simply win.

You do not have races named for you without reason.

It was formerly known as the Warwick Stakes and the mighty mare won it twice under that title before the name was changed.

Returning to reality, we count ourselves among the pleased to see Group 1 racing make its return for the 2019 – 2020 Australian Thoroughbred racing season.

This weekend’s meeting in Sydney will also offer the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes for three-year-old fillies, the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300 m – a case of gender equality working backwards, less any colts or geldings demanding equal hay for equal play) for colts and geldings. Two Group 3 races complete the card, the Toy Show Quality (1300 m, F & M Quality Handicap) and the Show County Quality (1200 m Quality Handicap).

Victoria are the laggards, as they do not have anything big on until the next weekend, when the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400 m, w.f.a) will complete our dream, with Winx backing on a week’s rest.

Returning to Randwick, the Winx Stakes is offering some healthy dividends, so just as well Winx has concluded.

The current favourite is Avilius at $3.40. Very Elleegant is next at $3.90, in from $4.40 when the markets went up. It was nice to see Happy Clapper ($4.20) and Le Romain ($19) back for an attempt at something other than being run down by Winx in the last 200.

After the running, Happy Clapper and Le Romain can link up with Hartnell to compare pension plans.

Good luck to all the punters who have done their homework in the lead-up to the first of the big spring meetings.

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