An outstanding win by the super-consistent and classy Pinwheel was the highlight of racing yesterday around Australia. Pinwheel made it back-to back victories in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes and in the process smashed the one million dollar mark in prize money; a fantastic effort for a horse that is yet to taste success at the elite level. Moment of Change, Albrecht, Nechita and Dystopia were all impressive in the other black-type races on the Warwick Farm card. Southern Speed was ultra-impressive in her victory in the Penny Edition Stakes at Morphettville Parks.
Read more: Pinwheel Does It Again
Despite the wettest possible track for racing at Caulfield yesterday, an excellent and very competitive day's racing was witnessed. A good win to the mudlark Second Effort in the feature race, the P B Lawrence Stakes, was the highlight at Caulfield, whereas Psychic Mick and Elite Elle kept their undefeated records intact with impressive victories. A very impressive victory to Snitzerland in the San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill was the highlight there.
Read more: Second Effort Takes Lawrence Stakes
Some excellent racing around Australia on Saturday with the wins of Shanghai Warrior in the Aurie's Star Handicap at Flemington, Pinwheel in the Missile Stakes at Warwick Farm, and Happy Trails in the Spring Stakes at Morphettville taking centre stage. The win of Storm Burst at Flemington was the highlight for followers of Wizard's Early Mail, but the other results were a mixed bag.
Read more: Aurie's Star To Shanghai Warrior
It would be remiss of me not to start this week's edition of Racing Roundup with the magnificent victory of Hawks Bay in the Darwin Cup. The atmosphere at Fannie Bay racecourse was incredible, and when Hawks Bay and the favourite Bolton settled down for a titanic struggle over the last 200 metres, the noise from the crowd was deafening. Bolton, carrying 7.5kg less than Hawks Bay looked certain to win, but Hawks Bay, superbly ridden by former Territorian Steven Arnold, carrying the huge impost of 64.5kg, fought back in a manner very rarely seen to snatch victory by a nose. It was Hawks Bay's second victory in the race, having also won the race in 2011 carrying only 62kg! As a dual winner, and carrying the highest winning weight in the history of the race, this Neil Dyer trained gelding deserves to be rated the best winner of the Darwin Cup ever.
Read more: Hawks Bay Wins Darwin Cup Again
Racing at Caulfield on Saturday was held on a deteriorating track that ended up as a heavy 8 after persistent rain throughout the afternoon. In the six races analysed in Wizard’s Early Mail, placegetters (most at good each-way odds) were found in each of these races except race 7, in which Manhattan Maid was disappointing. As this meeting was identified as difficult to assess from start to finish, “with many chances in each race so tread very warily”, this was a good result under these circumstances.
Read more: Ready To Rip In Bletchingly
A day at the track on Saturday at Flemington that the Wizard was very close to nailing but not quite a red letter day for our followers. Dispatch, Galileo Gold and Imoto all ran well but no cigar while my second selections Stralia and Dayita were successful in their respective races. Shanghai Warrior and Baron Douro were given very good wraps in race 5 and ran 1st and 3rd respectively. My two selections at double figure odds had mixed fortunes, with Cold Steel Rein breaking down and not completing the course, and Freereturn running an excellent second to the very promising Golden Archer.
Read more: Comeback Win For Golden Archer
The race for the Melbourne Jockeys Premiership is as hot as ever with both Luke Nolen and Craig Newitt sharing the spoils with two winners each at Caulfield on Saturday; if you were fortunate to back their mounts you would have won a tidy sum as their winners started $7, $35, $8.50 and $7.50 respectively on TAB Sportsbet final fixed odds.
Read more: Jockeys Premiership Still Alive