The Gary 'Jack' Duncan trained Wapiti won the Winx Guineas at Corbould Park on Saturday July 11. PHOTO: Tom Threadingham
The Gary 'Jack' Duncan trained Wapiti won the Winx Guineas at Corbould Park on Saturday July 11. PHOTO: Tom Threadingham

Coast-bred Wapiti charges to triumph in Winx Guineas

Caloundra trainer Gary “Jack” Duncan says Wapiti is well on track for “plenty more wins” in his career after beating a stablemate to coveted Winx Guineas glory.

In what was a two-pronged attack on the $125,000 Group 3 race, Duncan’s Wapiti took ultimate honours after fending off a strong challenge from his third-placed Love Express.

“Wapiti I thought was the best horse but (Love Express) was pretty handy too and I thought he had him on toast there for while,” Duncan said.

Knight Mariner placed second with Stuart Kendrick’s Star of Michelin in fourth.

Trainer Gary 'Jack' Duncan (third from right) with connections of Wapiti after winning the Winx Guineas at Corbould Park on Saturday July 11. PHOTO: Tom Threadingham
Trainer Gary 'Jack' Duncan (third from right) with connections of Wapiti after winning the Winx Guineas at Corbould Park on Saturday July 11. PHOTO: Tom Threadingham

Duncan said Wapiti, who won with Sean Cormack in the saddle and is locally bred, had endured a solid campaign and was chuffed to snare the inaugural Winx Guineas trophy.

It was Duncan’s maiden victory in the feature, which was formerly called the Sunshine Coast Guineas.

The race was renamed this year in honour of champion mare Winx who started her run of 33 straight wins in the Coast guineas in 2015.

The Gary 'Jack' Duncan trained Wapiti won the Winx Guineas at Corbould Park on Saturday July 11. PHOTO: Tom Threadingham
The Gary 'Jack' Duncan trained Wapiti won the Winx Guineas at Corbould Park on Saturday July 11. PHOTO: Tom Threadingham

“It’s very good, he (Wapiti) certainly deserves it and has been racing well all prep,” he said.

Duncan was now tossing up whether he would spell the gelding or enter him in a lucrative 1600m QTIS race at Doomben in a fortnight.

Regardless, Duncan believed Wapiti was bound for plenty more success in the future.

“He’s a good horse and has got a pretty good future,” he said.

“He’s got plenty more wins ahead of him.”

Meanwhile, the Tony Gollan-trained Krone won the $85,000 Glasshouse Handicap, with Special Missile and River Racer second and third respectively.



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