Horse Racing: Winx trainer Chris Waller and jockey Hugh Bowman talk to the media after Winx’s 14th straight win.
STAR TURN left Rosehill a week ago in top class order for his first-up run in Saturday’s G1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington.
His latest trial at Rosehill on Jan 31 was super when he stormed home to win in 55.10 for 900m.
His gallop on Feb. 7 was outstanding working the reverse way on the course proper when timed over 600m in 37.03 and his last 400m in 22.45 was low flying with the markers out 14m.
All his trackwork has been excellent in preparation for tomorrow’s mission and the astute Hawkes team has given him 10 days to settle in which looks like a winning formula for mine.
RED EXCITEMENT has put two strong wins together now and will be hard to beat in tomorrow’s Listed Parramatta Cup over 1900m at Rosehill.
He did pacework on the sand last Thursday over 1200m in 1:27.60, last 600m in 41.72 before going to the trials on Tuesday morning to maintain his fitness levels.
He was not knocked about in a 1030m heat and is capable of bringing up the hat-trick of wins on the weekend.
COMIN THROUGH is on target for a great Autumn.
His first-up effort in the G3 Eskimo Stakes was a terrific effort and looks ready to go in tomorrow’s G2 Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill.
The son of Fastnet Rock worked over 1000m on the course proper on Tuesday morning with stablemate and tomorrow’s rival G1 winner Veladero.
With the markers out 14m, they ran the trip in 1:10.80, last 600m in 39.20 and final 200m in a sharp 11.97.
HEAVENS ABOVE resumes from a break in the G2 Millie Fox (1300m at Rosehill and while not at her top she is also in for a great campaign.
I believe she is capable of winning a G1 this preparation around the mile — 2000m range.
She finished off her pacework with a final 600m in 38.56 and last 200m in 12.11 on the course proper on Tuesday with the markers out 14m.
It was a solid workout and looked a picture when coming off the track for trainer Tim Martin.
EURO ANGEL will also contest the Millie Fox and has a good each-way chance for team Hawkes.
Her latest trial on Feb. 6 was very pleasing when beaten a length by Redzel in a 811m trial in a good time of 47.2
It was an excellent fitness trial from a very handy mare who looks in great shape.
She was timed over 800m on the inside grass (out 16m) in 53.98 with a final 200m in 11.91.
MIDNIGHT DELIGHT is one of four runners trainer Chris Waller has engaged in Race 1 at Canterbury tonight in a 3YO maiden over 1550m..
The ex Kiwi filly put up a strong performance when beaten a length at Beaumont at her first Australian start.
Her gallop on Saturday was the best of the morning effort when timed over 800m in 53.90 on the inside grass out 14m, coming home her last 200m in 12.34.
This improving mare is going to give a great sight tonight.
* SHOWTIME, POLAR BLAST, STRAWBERRY BOY
800m: Polar Blast 53.03, Showtime 54.45, Comin Through 55.40, Veladero 55.50, Tsarita 56.50, Elle Lou 56.90, French Emotion 59.40.
1000m: Antonio Guiseppe 1:09.30 (39.60), Strawberry Boy 1:12 (41.50), Kinema 1:13.60 (42.40).
1200m: Religify 1:24.80 (40.30), Elatus 1:25.98 (41.32).
Sand, trk good
1000m: Gothenburg 1:11.15 (41.51), Harper’s Choice 1:12.18 (41.06), Marenostro 1:12.70 (42).