Back in my heyday, 21st’s involved cringe-worthy speeches, unlimited booze and the birthday girl crying at the end of the night because her recently divorced uncle made an inappropriate comment to her best friend. Fortunately for us, this weekend we’re being treated to a much more palatable 21st – wonder mare Winx’s shot at 21 straight wins in the Turnbull Stakes!
With a massive day of Group One racing including the Turnbull at Flemington, and the Spring Champion Stakes at Royal Randwick, you’d rather be Tex Walker getting a ‘Dusty Cut’ in the middle of Swan St, Richmond than miss out on this one!
THE TURNBULL STAKES
Sunline, Northerley, Let’s Elope, Vo Rogue. Some of the absolute champions of Australian turf have saluted in this time honoured race. And guess what – Winx is better than all of them! With a trophy cabinet as full as a centipede’s sock drawer, she’s the $1.20 favourite to show them all a clean set of heals again.
While the party for WINX promises to be a memorable one in her maiden outing at Flemington, it’s definitely going be a bit light on for guests with only 6 rivals accepting for weight for age battle. If you’re Winx, HUMIDOR is the party guest you’re most worried about – he’s from a strange land across the ditch, is a little bit mysterious, and is trained by a man who’s known to make Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas look like child’s play when there’s a sniff of beer in the air. He made Hartnell look like he was nailed to the ground when sprinting past him in the Makybe Diva and will improve again. The Lindsay Park trained VENTURA STORM can round out the placings but he’s mainly in attendance in order to score an invitation to the first Tuesday in November, and possibly the moderately priced cocktails….
SPRING CHAMPION STAKES
If the Turnbull Stakes is a grand Gatsby style soiree, this race is your Grandpa’s third wife’s 70th at the Frankston RSL – no glitz and glamour here! Tipping the Max Walker-inspired TANGLED here on top after a luckless run in the Dulcify last week. On the quick backup and will relish the 2000m. DISSOLUTION was charging home in the same race and will be trained to the minute for this whilst ACE HIGH and SANCTIONED battled out the Ming Dynasty last start and are heading the market.
Party Hard & Punt Responsibly!