Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Steve Hart
Samadoubt has upstaged a field of weight-for-age stars to win the Winx Stakes at Randwick

Tim Clark has pulled off a major upset in the first Group One race of the season with a bold front-running ride aboard Samadoubt to win the Winx Stakes at Randwick.

Leaving some of Australia’s best weight-for-age stars in his wake, Samadoubt ($31) took up the running, picked up the tempo approaching the turn and never looked like being run down.

Nine-year-old Happy Clapper showed he had returned in great heart with a brave half-length second, a neck ahead of Invincible Gem who held third after stewards dismissed a protest from Kerrin McEvoy aboard fourth placegetter Avilius.

Winning trainer Bjorn Baker was thrilled the race plan he hatched with Clark came to fruition, making Samadoubt the first horse to win the Winx Stakes (1400m) in the post-Winx era with the superstar mare having claimed the past three renewals.

“From Winx to Samadoubt, hasn’t it got a good ring to it,” Baker said.

“He’s a very good horse. He ran in the Breeders’ Plate as a two-year-old and we left that day disappointed but he’s been a great ride for the owners.”

Given the majority of Samadoubt’s rivals were middle-distance horses or stayers resuming, Baker and Clark decided to make the most of their horse’s natural speed and try to pinch the race.

Clark executed the plan to perfection, even though he worked harder to find the front than he anticipated.

“There’s obviously better horses in the race than him but on today and how it was going to work out, it was his chance to sneak away with one and that’s what he did,” Clark said.

“That last furlong was a bit long but great result.”

Avilius was sent out favourite and was doing his best work late to finish fourth, getting the tick of approval from Kerrin McEvoy.

“It was pleasing to see him run on like that over 1400 metres,” McEvoy said.

“It was a lovely first-up run.”

The disappointment of the race was $4.80 second favourite Verry Elleegant who again wanted to overdo things back in the field and was never a factor, finishing second last.

However, jockey James McDonald remained positive about her spring and said she had returned a more dour horse.

“They are just a bit sharp for her now, I think even at a mile they might be a bit quick for her, especially against these tough, older horses,” McDonald said.

“She’ll improve off it and don’t give up on her.”

Kings Will Dream, having his first start for Chris Waller and first run since breaking down in the Cox Plate, found the line resolutely for fifth while Unforgotten ran on nicely for sixth after struggling to find clear running in the straight.

 
*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Watch 📺 Black Caviar’s daughter a flop at Pakenham

Black Caviar’s daughter Ready For Caviar was having her second career start at Pakenham on Monday but she could only...

Black Caviar’s next date announced

Champion mare Black Caviar has been booked for her next mate. Black Caviar has been booked to be covered by...

Star country galloper dies from foot injury

Artlee – winner of the inaugural 2015 Country Championships at Royal Randwick – has passed away. Part-owner Peter Rogers informed...

Racing to continue during Victoria’s stage 4 restrictions

Racing in Victoria is set to continue during the states stage four restrictions. The industry will breath a sigh of...

Punter lands $97,807 racing multi bet

A punter with the TAB has landed a massive collect on todays racing after their five leg racing multi saluted...

Watch: Queensland jockey suspended for two months

Jockey Chris Whiteley has received a two-month suspension for his ride on short-priced favourite Silent Explorer at Cairns last month....

Andrew Adkins to undergo surgery after horror fall

Jockey Andrew Adkins has been taken to Westmead Hospital following a sickening fall that has marred the opening race at...

Viridine wins the G3 Bletchingly Stakes

A rails-hugging ride from champion jockey Damien Oliver has helped favourite Viridine to a determined victory in Melbourne’s final stakes...

Alligator Blood stripped of $2m Magic Millions Guineas win

Top Queensland galloper Alligator Blood was disqualified and his trainer David Vandyke received a $20,000 fine after a prohibited substance...

Watch: Jockeys whip gets caught in horses tail

It could be the weirdest occurrences during a race we have seen this season when Tommy Berry’s whip got caught...

Watch: Horse runs over a snake and wins

Only in Australia does a horse run over a snake on their way to win a race. 2YO filly Kotabharu...

Watch: Bryce Stanaway galloper breaks 1270 day drought

A notable character of the turf Bryce Stanaway has shown that persistency can pay off when Ventura Highway broke a...

Victorian stables in lockdown over stangles

Three Victorian stables have been forced into lockdown after a horse at Moonee Valley raced with strangles. The Danielle Loos...

Multiple G1 winner dies from heart attack

A multiple Group One winning galloper has died suddenly this morning following a heart attack. The two time G1 winner...

Sydney wants to host the Melbourne Cup

The Deputy Premier of NSW John Barilaro has his sights on this years Melbourne Cup with the iconic race listed...

Victorian horses banned from NSW

Racing NSW has banned horses trained in Victoria from taking part in races in the northern state for an indefinite...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

 
 
Copyright © 2020 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.