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Superstar mare Winx is once again the main attraction at Randwick today when she chased her twentieth straight win in the Group 1 $500,000 Colgate Optic White Stakes (George Main Stakes) (1600m).
As well as Winx stepping out at Randwick today, the nine race program is full of talent all across the board and we will be giving race by race results throughout the day on races.com.au.
Winx will be taking on a seven other rivals in the 1600m weight for age event as she counts down the days to winning her third straight Group 1 $3m Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley on October 28.
The Group 2 Shorts (1100m) in a mini rehearsal for the $10m The Everest at Randwick on October 14 with Redzel, English, Fell Swoop taking on the Randwick specialist Chautauqua.
The three year old fillies will clash in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) while the open class horses will do battle in the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) hoping to secure a spot in the Group 1 $1m Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on September 30.
The Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) will also prove to be a good guide in the lead up to the Group 1 $750,000 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick on Epsom Handicap Day.
2017 George Main Stakes Day Results
Race 1 (12:15pm) $60,000 Highway Handicap (1000m)
Top country jockey Greg Ryan was quick to find the winner’s stall after a short break with a well-judged front running ride on Dubbo trained four year old Larlabrook to take out the first race on George Main Stakes Day.
Ryan had Larlabrook ($4.40) quickly out of a wide gate to cross the field and take up the running and was able to hold on by a nose to get the judge’s decision over the fast finishing She Knows ($6) with Undaoaf ($17) also finishing strongly out wide for a close up third placing.
Hugh Bowman gave the $3.10 favourite Oakfield Time the run of the race but the five year old mare failed to fire in the straight and struggled into fourth place.
- 1st – Larlabrook
- 2nd – She Knows
- 3rd – Undaoaf
Race 2 (12:50pm) $100,000 Shoot Out Mile (1600m)
Jockey Jason Collett produced a great front running ride for Embley to score back to back wins in the Shoot Out Mile over 1600m.
Collett controlled the race up front and nothing was able to make up any ground in the straight and the Bjorn Baker trained Embley ($6) was able to record a one and three quarters length win over Darci’s Affair ($10).
Third placegetter Gold Horizon ($20) ran on from back in the field while the $3.60 favourite Royal Navy trailed the field to the 600m but failed to run on after being pulled to the outside on the home turn and missed a place.
- 1st – Embley
- 2nd – Darci’s Affair
- 3rd – Gold Horizon
Race 3 (1:25pm) Listed $125,000 Schweppes Heritage Stakes (1100m)
Viridine, with Brenton Avdulla in the saddle, was able to keep his unbeaten record intact when he upstaged his two more fancied James Cummings trained stablemates to win the Listed $125,000 Schweppes Heritage Stakes.
Viridine ($7) made it three wins from three starts when he finished too strongly to beat Single Bullet ($6.50) with Albumin ($$17 running on for third.
Stablemate Malahat ($2.90 favouirte) never threatened to finish fourth while the third runner in the Godolphin royal blue colours, Marsupial ($3.60), wound up in fifth spot.
- 1st – Viridine
- 2nd – Single Bullet
- 3rd – Albumin
Race 4 (2:00pm) Group 3 $150,000 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m)
The Chris Waller trained Comin’ Through put in another top Epsom Handicap trial with a tough win in the Bill Ritchie Handicap over 1400m.
Winning jockey Michael Walker settled Comin’ Through ($2.30 favourite) outside of the leader Burning Passion ($5.50) who wouldn’t give up in the straight and although he fought back wound up in third position.
Runner up Tom Melbourne ($3.20) took a while to settle in the early and middle stages but went to the line strongly to finish a close second.
- 1st – Comin’ Through
- 2nd – Tom Melbourne
- 3rd – Burning Passion
Race 5 (2:35pm) Group 2 $200,000 McGrath Estate Agents Tea Rose Stakes (1400m)
Well bred filly Alizee lived up to the stables expectation with a convincing win in the Tea Rose Stakes over 1400m.
Thee James Cummings trainer Alizee ($10) is the half-sister to Golden Rose winner Astern and produced her best run to date to beat the consistent Champagne Cuddles ($3.30) with the Queensland trained filly Cellargirl ($11) running on for third.
Hugh Bowman gave the well fancied Tulip a lovely run just behind the pacemakers but the filly lost momentum in the straight when held up behind runners and stuck on for fourth.
- 1st – Alizee
- 2nd – Champagne Cuddles
- 3rd – Cellargirl
Race 6 (3:15pm) Group 1 $500,000 Colgate Optic White Stakes (George Main Stakes) (1600m)
Champion mare Winx took her winning run up to twenty with another come from behind win in the Group 1 George Main Stakes.
Winx, the $1.12 favourite, settled in the second half of the field with Hugh Bowman urging her along from the 1000m but once heads were turned for home, the super mare took up the task and raced past runner up Happy Clapper ($15) to score a one and a quarter lengths win.
Winx’s Chris Waller trained stablemate Foxplay ($21) battled on for third.
- 1st – Winx
- 2nd – Happy Clapper
- 3rd – Foxplay
Race 7 (3:55pm) Group 2 $200,000 Bowermans Office Furniture Shorts (1100m)
Brillaint sprinter Redzel scored his fourth win on the trot and enhanced his chances for The Everest with a record breaking win in the The Shorts.
New jockey Hugh Bowman settled The Peter and Paul Snowden trained Redzel ($2.50) favourite) at the girth of the leader Ball Of Muscle ($10) and got the better of him in the last 50m to record a new Randwick track record.
Nieta ($21) finished third in front of a wall of horses which included the eye catching performance of Chautauqua ($5.50) who made up plenty of ground over the concluding stages.
- 1st – Redzel
- 2nd – Ball Of Muscle
- 3rd – Nieta
Race 8 (4:35pm) Group 3 $150,000 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m)
Premier trainer Chris Waller saddled up the first four placegetters in the Kingston Town Stakes, Libran, Antonio Giuseppe, Life Less Ordinary and Who Shot Thebarman.
Winning jockey Glyn Schofield settled Libran ($26) in the second half of the field and angled for a split in the straight and the English import darted through to claim an overdue win.
Antonio Giuseppe ($5) looked the winner down the middle of the track but faded on his run to finish second just in front of Life Less Ordinary ($2.90 favourite) with the veteran Who Shot Thebarman ($51) doing his best work at the finish.
- 1st – Libran
- 2nd – Antonio Giuseppe
- 3rd – Life Less Ordinary
Race 9 (5:15pm) $100,000 BenchMark 84 Handicap (1200m)
Consistent seven year old Isorich sent the bookies home smiling when he arrived at $21 to take out the last race on the program, the BenchMark 84 Handicap.
The Wayne Seelin trained Isorich raced on the pace and found plenty in the straight to hold off all the challengers to record a head win over the Gary Portelli trained Improvement ($9).
The Chris Waller trained Dagny ($14) caught the eye making up plenty of ground from the back to fill third spot while the $3.30 favourite Missile Coda was in the firing line for most of the way and was only beaten just over two lengths in tent position.
- 1st – Isorich
- 2nd – Improvement
- 3rd – Dagny
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