Nudge, nudge: Hugh Bowman wins the Epsom on Winx, which worked well at Moonee Valley on Thursday. Photo: bradleyphotos杭州龙凤论坛m.auEpsom winner Winx was the star of the morning as half a dozen Cox Plate hopefuls had a look around Moonee Valley on Thursday. Winx worked over 1000 metres and got home in her last 400m in 23.96 seconds, easily the quickest of the morning. Stablemates Kermadec and Preferment weren’t quite as dynamic. “She looked the best to my eye but that’s her – very athletic,” trainer Chris Waller said of Winx. “Kermadec raced on Saturday, so we just wanted him to have a look at this place and Preferment impressed Blake Shinn with the way he worked. It was a good piece of work for each of them ahead of next week.” Caulfield Stakes winner Criterion also worked as did Godolphin pair Hartnell and Contributer, which are expected to be in next week’s Cox Plate. “[Criterion] was here just to have a look around. He wasn’t here to break any records,” co-trainer David Hayes said.
Grand final warm-ups for Smerdon duo
Robert Smerdon reckons Lumosty and Fontiton will have their preliminary final day at Caulfield on Saturday. “I’m just hoping they don’t get eliminated,” he joked. Lumosty will have her first start since a Brisbane campaign in the Caulfield Sprint, where she has been put up favourite. “She is heading to the Darley Classic, that’s grand final day. I just wanted to take the easier option with her to start with, so came here instead of the Manikato [Stakes] and give her a blow out at 1000m,” Smerdon said. “She has a great record down the straight and this race will top her off to take on the topliners.” Fontiton is second-up in the Alinghi Stakes after fading to finish midfield in the Moir Stakes. “The 1100m on Saturday works better for her in the build towards the Coolmore Stud Stakes. That is her grand final but Saturday is vital part of getting there,” Smerdon said.
Lankan Rupee to undergo surgery
The spring of Lankan Rupee is over with the world-class sprinter to have an operation on his off-hind hock. The five-time group 1 winner flopped as an odds-on favourite in the Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday and trainer Mick Price immediately knew there was a problem. He sent Lankan Rupee for a scintigraphy and it revealed what Price had suspected. “We’ve narrowed it down to an area in the off-hind hock. That operation will be performed in the next few days,” Price told racing杭州龙凤论坛m. “The prognosis for a successful return to racing is good. This preparation is out and it remains to be seen what we do for the autumn.”
Hayes looking for more carnival success
David Hayes is having a wonderful Caulfield carnival, a group 1 double on Guineas day from Criterion and Stay With Me was backed up by a treble on Wednesday. He will have a strong hand on Saturday – Rising Romance carries his hopes in the Caulfield Cup. “She only got beaten on the line by Admire Rakti last year and we have drawn better this year,” Hayes said. The support card might carry a horse for the future in Velox. “He is a serious horse; we paid about 280,000 guineas for him at the Tattersalls Sale this time last year. He is starting to hit his straps and I think he is one for the autumn,” Hayes said. “Contributer won this race [the David Jones Cup] last year and I think our bloke could follow a similar path because he has got quality about him.”