Winx Cools Hooves Bart Prevails Chautauqua Struggles
It would appear as though the decision to postpone the Group 2 Apollo Stakes at Royal Randwick from Saturday to Monday due to hot weather was the right call, although punters who had got their money down on Winx when she was still offering $1.20 will have to wait a bit to collect their windfalls.
Our most recent survey found the might mare priced at $1.15, so the net on a $100 bet would almost make it a losing wager, as fees would have made it little better than a break-even proposition. Now, if you have a spare $1000 lying about…
Punters, jockeys, horses, et al. will just have to sweat it out and hope for better weather on Monday.
Chris Waller said that the 48-hour delay would not affect Winx’s autumn plans in the least, other than if the race had be cancelled, rather than postponed, he would have held her out of the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes. Her main autumn target is still the $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick in early April.
Racing did go off at Caulfield, where Black Hart Bart won the Group 1 C. F. Orr Stakes, but Chautauqua still has not regained his form after a poor spring, running third in the Rubiton Stakes.