A weekend of uncertainty proved fruitful for Muclaster Bloodstock with two headline winners and a promising return by a star three-year-old.
As has been accustomed in the last couple of years, Winx was the star attraction at Randwick on Saturday. A big decision was made to run champion mare on a rain-affected track and she delivered the only way she knows – with another scintillating performance.
Despite the ground being wetter than she would like for the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m), Winx travelled well and quickened when Hugh Bowman asked her to, capturing her 15th consecutive victory.
Magic Bloodstock’s Peter Tighe purchased Winx for $230,000 at Magic Millions and races the mare with Debbie Kaptis and Richard Treweeke with Chris Waller training her. She was selected by Mulcaster Bloodstock as a yearling.
Racing in the same colours, McCreery showed is a horse of immense ability with powerful performance to win the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup.
Settling back in the field with a strong pace, McCreery lived up to the potential he showed last preparation where he was unlucky not to win the Group 1 Cantala Stakes at his last start.
Producing a devastating sprint, McCreery put pay to his rivals in the final 100m of the 1300m event for rider Hugh Bowman. Chris Waller trained the quinella with Arod finishing into second position.
McCreery was selected by Mulcaster Bloodstock at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale for 200,000 guineas. He is owned by Tighe’s Magic Bloodstock Racing, Mr N A Greenhalgh, Mrs M T Greenhalgh, Mr F W Cook, Mrs C M Cook, Mr I Bruce, Mr P C Barnett, Werrett Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Burn Racing, Mr B L Mathieson, Mr R Smith, Mr K H Warriner, Mr J T C Lake.
After injury concerns delayed the return of up and coming three-year-old filly Omei Sword autumn campaign, the daughter of High Chaparral was an encouraging second in the Group 2 Surround Stakes.
Omei Sword settled well back in the 1400m race and flashed home late to take second placing on wet ground. The winner, La Bella Diosa, had pinched a break on the field after sticking to the rail after cornering but Omei Sword showed a strong turn of foot to make up ground from near the tail of the field to finish second.
She was selected by Mulcaster Bloodstock for $675,000 for owner Mr CC Lai at the Inglis Easter Sale. She is out of Group 1 winning mare Irish Lights and is by champion sire High Chaparral.
With performances such as these, it is an exciting time heading towards The Championship during the autumn carnival.