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Race Day: Royal Randwick on Saturday, 16 February 2019
WINX returned to the track today with a sublime performance in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes. An expectant crowd hoped for the best, but not many thought the now seven-year-old mare would dominate the race with such ease.
The brave HAPPY CLAPPER was no match over the final 150 metres as WINX let loose down the Royal Randwick straight. Immediately after the race there was chatter about her planned retirement after The Championships and whether Ascot or another Cox Plate was now back on the table.
The day was all about the Aussie Queen of racing, but it's worth noting the runs of a couple of budding princesses too. NAKEETA JANE won the Light Fingers Stakes over 1,200 metres and POHUTUKAWA flew home into an eye-catching 3rd, two young horses that are worthy of following over the Autumn, even if they remain a long way off Waller's champion.
In other races; the two-year-old filly TENLEY stormed home to win the first race, YOU MAKE ME SMILE led all the way to make it three wins in a row, ECKSTEIN caused an upset in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes and the Waterhouse Bott team took out the final events with the tough on-pacers ALASSIO and PENSKE.
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