SUPERSTAR: Winx looks set for another stellar preparation.
SUPERSTAR: Winx looks set for another stellar preparation. Sean Teuma

THE SPORT OF KINGS: Winx impresses as Rose set to bloom

HORSE RACING: I almost fell off my chair when I found out that Winx won her first trial in her illustrious career on Tuesday at Randwick.

Throughout her 27 start, 21 win career, the mighty mare had never won a barrier trial, and it paints an ominous picture for her upcoming rivals as the six-year-old aims to win her third successive Cox Plate this preparation.

NOMINATIONS were released for the 2017 UBET Queensland Thoroughbred Awards to be held in September.

Rudy, Capital Gain, Houtzen, Most Important and Yankee Rose are set to fight out Horse of the Year spoils.

Despite a number of scintillating seasons from all entrants, it's hard to overlook Yankee Rose, who became the first filly to win the Champion Stakes, and also ran third behind Winx and Hartnell in the Cox Plate.

WEEKEND TIPS

DECENT sized fields across the three major tracks tomorrow should provide plenty of value for those looking to have a punt.

MENARI - Rosehill Race 6 No 2

Despite giving main rival Siege of Quebec 6kg, the Gerald Ryan colt looks to have the class factor as he returns from a fourth-placing in the Golden Slipper.

OINK - Doomben Race 6 No 12

Been racing very honestly since dropping back in class from harder races. Oink is drawn to get a good run from gate two.

SAMOVARE - Flemington Race 5 No 2

Talented black-type horse formerly based in Western Australia that only needs luck in running to be winning this race.

Gamble responsibly.



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