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Sunday Territorian 23 Oct 2016



Sunday Territorian 23 Oct 2016


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56 SPORT SUNDAY OCTOBER 23 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 FOR one fleeting stride it loomed as the match race everyone had wanted to see. It was over in a split second of that stride as Winx powered away to an eight-length victory. Hartnells trainer John OShea, rugged up as he fights off a flu sparked by Melbournes unseasonal spring, waited with Godolphins Australian boss Henry Plumptre as James McDonald directed Hartnell back to the No.2 stall. There were no signs of disappointment from the trio as McDonald unsaddled the horse and then had a brief conversation with the trainer and boss before walking over to the scales to weigh in. Unfortunately when the space between first and second is so significant, theres not much that can be said. This time last year Hartnell finished fifth to Winx, beaten 10 lengths. This time it was second and two lengths closer. Asked about Hartnell, OShea said: He was great. He is on track for where we are going. OShea feared going into that race that Winx could even be superior on the Moonee Valley track where before yesterday she had only raced in last years Cox Plate for her first runaway victory. What he saw yesterday only reinforced what he had feared about his horse and Winx. This is her home ground, mate, he said. As for Hartnell, perhaps he is big track horse who likes the open spaces and plenty of galloping room. An assessment whether Hartnell will head back to the Melbourne Cup, he finished 15th as a $31 shot after taking the same path to the big race last year, will be based on how he pulls up from yesterdays race. He is still the Cup favourite, drifting slightly after yesterdays second from $4.60 to $5. Plumptre was in awe of Winxs performance. It was an awesome performance by the winner, he said. Sensational mare, she is. An elite racehorse. But it wasnt all doom and gloom for Hartnell who raced up on the speed. Our horse went well, Plumptre said. But James said he didnt really handle The Valley that well but she is a champion, she an absolute champion. He described it as a Black Caviar thing with Winx and other champion horses, who when they think are under pressure, they just keep finding and finding. Plumptre said the plan going into the Cox Plate was the Melbourne Cup as Hartnells next assignment. But I think we will probably see how he pulls up, he said. The Melbourne Cup, he still has got an entry for it but hell need to pull up really well. Id love to get him back on a big galloping track like Flemington. And while McDonald said Hartnell was brave in defeat, he felt he wasnt happy on the often tricky Valley track as he tried to navigate him around the home turn bend. He said Winx got to him quickly and was under pressure a fair way from home. Its definitely not his track, McDonald said. Hartnells second placing brought to an end his three consecutive victories. It was a Winx type of thing. 1 WINX (Hugh Bowman): When I was able to secure Hartnells hindquarters, all my worries disappeared and I just enjoyed the ride like everyone else. I knew Hartnell would take me where I needed to go and he couldnt take me far enough. Even James (McDonald) said as I went by him, Oh, Jesus Christ! Shes a superior racehorse and its just an absolute honour to be a part of it. 2 HARTNELL (James McDonald): Wow! I dont know what to say. I was going all right, too. Its definitely not his track. He was brave in defeat but geez, she (Winx) is unreal. 3 YANKEE ROSE (Dean Yendall): She went awesome. She was real solid to the line. I was rapt the way she went today. 4 VADAMOS (Mark Zahra): He ran well, he was just too keen. I couldnt get him to switch off and I thought he did a good job to run fourth considering. 5 AWESOME ROCK (Stephen Baster): He ran super. Obviously I got on Winxs back from about the 700 (metres) but she was too good for us. 6 HAPPY CLAPPER (Brenton Avdulla): I thought he ran well. He didnt disgrace himself but thats probably as wet as he wants it. She (Winx) is just a freak. 7 LUCIA VALENTINA (Kerrin McEvoy): She never really travelled and the race was getting away from me from the half-mile. Thats unlike her. Shes better than that. 8 HAURAKI (Dwayne Dunn): I had a good run in transit. He was probably just found wanting late. Hes probably better on top of the ground. 9 BLACK HEART BART (Brad Rawiller): When Vadamos went through, he switched off and I thought I was having a beautiful run. But just under pressure on the wet ground, he struggled. 10 HAPPY TRAILS (Ben Melham): Didnt go in the ground. What the jockeys said post Plate No errors as Marshal takes Cup AN administration mistake has landed Grand Marshal a Moonee Valley Cup. The Chris Waller stable had Grand Marshal geared towards last Wednesdays Geelong Cup but inadvertently accepted with Who Shot Thebarman in the 2400m race. Once the mistake was discovered, Who Shot Thebarman was immediately scratched with the pair lining up in yesterdays 2500m Moonee Valley Cup. Ridden by Ben Melham, Grand Marshal ($19) scored a -length win from his stablemate, the $4.40 favourite Who Shot Thebarman, with Pentathlon ($61) 3 lengths away third. Waller said both stayers are now bound for the Melbourne Cup at Flemington on November 1. In a change of routine for the stayers, Waller elected to run the pair in the Moonee Valley Cup instead of the more traditional path of the Caulfield Cup. I remember sitting up in the stand last year and thought it was a good race and sure enough the form was franked in the Melbourne Cup, Waller said. Melham has put his hand up for the ride on Grand Marshal in the Melbourne Cup and said any rain would enhance his chances. Super mare has eye on Cox treble FROM BACK PAGE Dulcify (1979) and dual winner Sunline (2000) had previously shared the greatest winning margin of seven lengths. This was something else again. Superbly handled by Hugh Bowman, Winx posted her 13th straight victory and boosted her stake earnings to more than $9 million. Worried pre-race about buffeting winds, Bowman realised the race was in Winxs keeping at the 800m. And confirmation of her stunning supremacy came from the mouth of rival jockey James McDonald as Winx unleashed an electrifying sprint from the 500m mark. When I was able to secure Hartnells hindquarters, all my worries disappeared and I just enjoyed the ride like everybody else, Bowman said. Not that I wanted to see him (Hartnell) fold, but I knew he would take me to where I needed to get to and he couldnt take me far enough. Even James said when I went by him, he said Oh, Jesus Christ and fair play to him, he (Hartnell) had a nice run as well. Winx will likely be spelled now, although there is a chance she could head to the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on November 5. REALITY STRIKES One Winx, and that was it for Hartnell DARYL TIMMS The Chris Waller-trained Winx and Hugh Bowman leave the John OShea-trained Hartnell and James McDonald in their wake en route to a devastating win in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley yesterday Picture: DAVID CROSLING Mile victory prompts trip GROUP 1 winner The United States has shown his class with a feature win on Cox Plate day, even if it wasnt in the race his connections had originally hoped. The United States rounded up his rivals and raced to a one-length win in the Group 2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley yesterday on the undercard to the Cox Plate. A setback forced connections to shelve Cox Plate plans and The United States instead went into the 1600m race off a seven-week let-up. The plan is for the seven year-old to target the $2 million Emirates Stakes (2000m) at Flemington in two weeks. And managing owner Nick Williams, who races the horse with a syndicate which includes his father Lloyd and the Ingham family, said they would consider taking him to Hong Kong later this year. Its the second year in a row The United States has won on the Cox Plate program after beating subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance in track record time in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) a year ago.

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