Monday, 20 March 2017 : She Will Reign eased to a comfortable win in the Longines Golden Slipper on Saturday at Rosehill Gardens racecourse in Sydney, Australia.
Ridden by Ben Melham and trained by Gary Portelli, the aptly named filly lived up to the title to win the world’s richest race for two-year-olds, coming in ahead of Frolic in second and Tulip being awarded third.
The Longines Golden Slipper Day is Rosehill Gardens’ showpiece race day and an occasion steeped in tradition in Australian horse racing circles. The AUD3.5 million Golden Slipper is coveted by trainers, jockeys and owners alike, with trainers Tommy Smith and his daughter Gai Waterhouse claiming the title each on six occasions.
Swiss watchmaker Longines are the Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Watch of this historically rich Australian horseracing event, with the winning owner, trainer and jockey all awarded an elegant Longines timepiece for their success.
Although all eyes were on the Longines Golden Slipper, there was also significant interest in all the other races on the card, notably the China Horse Club George Ryder Group 1 race as Winx was looking to stretch her unbeaten sequence to 16 races.
In heavy conditions, the Chris Waller-trained star turned a race billed as a mouth-watering clash into something of a procession as she destroyed a field that included champion sprinter Chautauqua.
Le Romain, himself a Group 1 winner at his previous start, also lined up for a shot at the brilliant mare but Winx, ridden by Hugh Bowman was too good once again, leaving him seven and a quarter lengths adrift in second. Chautauqua could manage only third, another length and a quarter away.
Winx’s next start is set to come in the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on Saturday 8 April.
Source : Internet