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WINNO'S WINNERS: EAGLE FARM, JANUARY 21

By Darren Winningham | Friday, January 20, 2017

This week we are back at Eagle Farm with the rail out 6.0m the entire course, a forecast “Good” track and a Bureau of Meteorology (that is the weather man) posting an extreme warning for a major rain event on Saturday afternoon. Flash flooding – lots of rain and well anything else that sounds scary. With that in mind the races may not last that long at Eagle Farm, or they might at least be affected by the rain event, so I will be brief this week as I have no confidence with the varied weather reports.

A quick mention of the Jeep 2017 Magic Millions Day – it was hot, damn hot! There was some great racing, great fashions and some wonderful scenes both on and off the track. Magic Millions has now become a Carnival over a week – with so many events to attend. I was impressed!

Houtzen won the Magic Millions Two-Year-Old Classic – declared by Winno as well! Congratulations to the Toby Edmonds stables and his team for such a wonderful training effort and a wonderful performance from the filly. Jeff Lloyd was just brilliant summing up the race and winning it, I think, in the first 200 metres when he crossed and took her to the lead.

Tye Angland rode a double on the day. He won the Magic Millions Guineas on Flying Jess at around $81. I suppose the other noteworthy mentions should go to the Greg Hickman trained Private Secretary from a last place on the turn to a barnstorming run down the outside to win. Mr Hickman assures me he has found his tie ups and his wallet that he has lost in recent weeks! The horse is part owned by Tony Bonello who invited me in to meet his family after the race – I have shared the photo this week – it is special to see families at the races!

Then one more performance that must be noted has to be the training effort of Joe Pride in getting Target In Sight back to win first up in such an impressive fashion – perfectly ridden by Brenton Avdulla.

Well they were some of my highlights – well hold on, just one more – Mr Grant Bell and Mrs Keiley Bell were at the track and it is always special to catch up with these two wonderful people!

I know, I know – there is one more highlight for me ... Michael “Muppy” ... “Hell Yea” Hellyer winning the Magic Millions Country Cup on Irish Constabulary – a great mate and wonderful talent who tries so hard in this competitive jockey ranks in South East Queensland. It was a joy to see him win a feature race and listen to the eloquent words honouring his father and his family Linda and Everly. Now I am calling him out – a challenge to go toe to toe with Winno in a special “60 seconds with Winno” – you know where and how to find me “Hell Yea”! I will not challenge him to a game of poker – I have got him covered there as well!

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

We start off this week with a two year old race. Crusher (5) destroyed, well actually humiliated, the field in her first race start at Toowoomba. She was well supported that night and looks a stand out here. Jim Byrne was a spot unlucky last weekend at the Gold Coast – Winno had a sneaky wager on Perfect Dare at $101 and just got beaten by a nose. I think this week Jim will kick off the program with a win here. Cabeirian (2) is well bred for speed out of Snitzel and looks a danger. I note that since the markets have opened the colt has been well backed from $14 to $9. There must be some confidence from the Kelly Doughty stable. I think you should look for an improved performance from the Stuart Kendrick trained Zukaz (6) – the colt ran well against Houtzen a few weeks ago at the Gold Coast and maybe this week will be ridden a little quieter here. The Rockhampton galloper, the Tony McMahon trained Paradis Imperial (1) cannot be any more impressive with four wins from four starts – the filly comes to the big smoke this week to show her best!

Selections: 5-2-6-1

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Race 2

Citations (5) trained by Greg Hickman and to be ridden by Luke Dittman could be one to improve here after a credible performance at the Gold Coast two weeks ago. War Baby (7) has been slowly working her way back up to this distance where she has performed well – she does have a good record here at Eagle Farm as well and has Magic Millions winning hoop Jeff Lloyd aboard! Another one that I think that is looking for the 2200 metres is the Garnett Taylor trained Bold and Groovy (9) – has a rider change with Ryan Wiggins on board for the first time. Maybe a dark horse in the field. The horse that has been in consistent form is Walwa (13) and the mare comes off two recent wins here to step up to Saturday city grade – can she make the quantum leap?

Selections: 5-7-9-10, rough chance 13

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Race 3

Kahleesi (7) looks well placed here this week with the claim for apprentice Tiffani Brooker – has been racing consistently in recent weeks and trainer Bruce Brown has the mare going in fine fettle. War Jet (1) I think just didn’t appreciate the tight turning Gold Coast track last weekend when defeated in the last race by Target in Sight – despite the weight here the Joe Cleary trained gelding looks well placed too! Magic Millions winning team Toby Edmonds and Jeff Lloyd combine here with Fiery Heights. The four year old gelding does race well here and could be a chance. I have noted some serious support for Heartbreak Harry (11) the early markets opening at $16 and being smashed into $8 currently. I’m Alone (13) is trained by Troy Pascoe and I see that Scott Galloway is coming to town to ride the five year old gelding – after having ridden it for a hat trick of wins. I am sure that one of the owners Kurt Croft will be out celebrating in China Town in the Valley with a massive plate of chop suey if his horse wins!

Selections: 7-1-5-11, rough chance 13

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Team Edmonds delivered the big win of the day at the Magic Millions race-day when Houtzen took out the $2 million Magic Millions Two-Year-Old Classic. Here Trent Edmonds and Toby Edmonds celebrate their career highlight
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Jeff Lloyd and Houtzen ... still in command at the line
Jeff Lloyd and Houtzen ... still in command at the line
Trent Edmonds ... calling the stable's $2 million race winner home
Trent Edmonds ... calling the stable's $2 million race winner home
Lloyd brings Houtzen back to scale
Lloyd brings Houtzen back to scale
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Photos: Graham Potter
A quiet moment amidst all the fuss

Photos: Graham Potter
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