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WINNO'S WINNERS, EAGLE FARM, JANUARY 19

By Darren Winningham | Thursday, January 17, 2019

EAGLE FARM - ROUND 2!

After a successful meeting on 22 December we return to Queensland’s headquarters of racing!

The track is rated “GOOD” (Thursday morning) and the rail will be out 2 metres for the entire course this weekend. There is a hot weather forecast for the coming days in South East Queensland. The track will be lightning fast is my tip!

I must reflect on the Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival 2019.

The whole week was amazing culminating with Godolphin Racing claiming their inaugural Magic Millions victory with their first ever runner – Exhilarates. Trained by James Cummings and ridden by Kerrin McEvoy the filly stormed home down the outside and was far too good for her opposition.

It capped off an amazing few months for Kerrin McEvoy who has claimed notable feature race victories in recent months including no less than The Everest aboard Redzel and the Melbourne Cup on Cross Counter. James Cummings was excited after the win telling WINNO: “It was all about the first pump! We will see how she pulls up and then hopefully target her towards the Golden Slipper”.

There are some tough fields this weekend – I am still not certain about the pattern of racing here at Eagle Farm – so I am doing a brief preview!

NB: As this form assessment was made prior to race-day, please check final fields and track conditions for any changes on the day.

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Race 1

The first race today is for the two-year olds. Some unraced that have trialled well.

I like the emergencies here so let’s hope they make the field.

I am going for the Chris Waller trained debutant Clairvue Missy (13). She has trialled well and looks well placed here. Larry Cassidy, who has been riding well lately, is in the saddle but, as I said, we need some luck to make the final field.

The other first starter is the Billy Healey trained Aheadofhistime (12) who ran a nice fourth in the trial won by Clairvue Missy (13). I think that she had a little more to show and will have derived benefit from that hit out. The Healey Racing stables have had some recent luck of late – maybe it will continue. Jimmy Orman takes the ride.

Gollan Racing has Epaumada (8) having her second career start after a slashing win first up at Gatton when favourite and leading all the way. Brad Stewart has the ride again. She has been easy in the market since they have opened.

Selections: 13-8-12-4

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Race 2

A Class 3 sprint over 1000 metres. Tough, open race – probably harder to win than Powerball!

I thought that Showus Ya Diamonds (10) has been trialling well and looks well placed here. In the trial she was defeated by the Steven O’Dea trained Masterati (4) who is drawn very well here and is resuming here as well.

Les Ross has River Racer (12) resuming here. His recent trial win was very good and apprentice Clayton Gallagher has a 3 kilogram claim that will be beneficial for this runner. The other thing about Clayton is that he is always clean shaven unlike the Ross stable apprentice Sheriden Tomlinson who seems to have misplaced the razors and shaving cream I gave him a few months ago!

Kelly Schweida Racing has Meet Mr Taylor (5) resuming here. He is undefeated in all three career starts to date. He has fared poorly at the barrier draw this weekend being allocated barrier 15. In all his career starts he has raced near the lead. He may not get across and lead as there are a few runners drawn inside of him that also have pace. He may have to settle in behind the speed and this may see him salute the judge!

This is not a race I am keen on!

Selections: 10-12-4-5 rough chance 2

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The whole Magic Millions week was amazing culminating with Godolphin Racing claiming their inaugural Magic Millions victory with their first ever runner – Exhilarates. Trained by James Cummings and ridden by Kerrin McEvoy. James Cummings was excited after the win telling WINNO: “It was all about the first pump! We will see how she pulls up and then hopefully target her towards the Golden Slipper.
The whole Magic Millions week was amazing culminating with Godolphin Racing claiming their inaugural Magic Millions victory with their first ever runner – Exhilarates. Trained by James Cummings and ridden by Kerrin McEvoy. James Cummings was excited after the win telling WINNO: “It was all about the first pump! We will see how she pulls up and then hopefully target her towards the Golden Slipper."
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