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Randwick’s winter worst may not suit Winx

Rising star: Deanne Panya had three wins on Saturday. Photo: Bradleyphotos南京夜网419论坛The first thoughts when it comes to Randwick and its tracks are always usually negative but the Australian Turf Club plans to change that.
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Kensington track will be rebuilt in the next couple of months, before the course proper gets the same treatment in 2019. The club admits that racetracks are the drivers of turnover and the industry, and knows the shortcomings of its tracks.

But until the end of the spring, the club is hoping to get the best out of the worst track in Sydney.

The weather, as it often does, turned Randwick’s meeting on Saturday into a slugfest. The big margins and gaps were the order of the day. It had Peter Snowden relieved he made the decision not to run Golden Slipper winner Capitalist.

“If he was still in I would have had to ask to scratch him on that track,” Snowden said on Saturday. “He was ready to go and will run next week but you couldn’t risk the preparation on that track.”

There is a lack of confidence in what sort of surface Randwick will produce. It begs the question – what will happen with Winx in the Warwick Stakes in a couple of weeks as Randwick will still be at its winter worst.

The superstar mare will barrier trial on the Kensington track on Tuesday and the plan is to be at Randwick, but there is a group 1 over the same 1400-metre trip in the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield a week later.

It would probably mean one less run in the preparation for Winx and she would only be seen in Sydney once, maybe twice, for the spring.

There are positives for the tracks going forward. The soil profiling for the rebuild of the Kensington track will be completed in the next week and the tendering process to find a builder should start by the end of the month. Work on laying the track will start following the group 1 racing in October.

There will be a major summer renovation to the course proper in December to rejuvenate the tired surface. The Kensington track will reopen for racing in October next year and officials want to make sure it performs before beginning work on the course proper.

Panya shines in the wet

The advantage of a three-kilogram claim on wet tracks is big, but when you have a rider like Deanne Panya it’s magnified.

Panya’s winning treble on Saturday was an illustration of her skill and talent. She led all the way on Lie Direct and Snappy One before finding the front at the top of the straight on Encostanati in the last event and establishing a winning break.

Gary Portelli made the observation about the apprentice, who has 10 city wins, “horses just run for her and she goes with them, which is very hard to beat on a day like this. She is going to ride a lot more winners because she suits a lot of horses”.

William Hill wins live vision deal

Racing NSW and Australian Turf Club believe they have maximised the revenue from live vision of NSW racing by entering a two-year deal with corporate bookmaker William Hill.

The major five corporate bookmakers tendered for the vision but William Hill won the right to have live vision, 90 seconds before the race until 90 seconds after it. The deal doesn’t include replays, so punters will have to use the Racing NSW site or TAB for that.

William Hill has offered strategies to brings a younger market back to racing, converting sports punters to the track.

William Hill Australia will be hoping punters are not as on the mark as they were in the first half of 2016. Reporting its first half results in England this week, William Hill showed the Australia operation had a 12 per cent increase in wagering, which equated to $65.7 million year on year, but the operation profit was down 60 per cent to only $3.9 million.

“The improved wagering levels, however, did not translate into higher net revenue in the period as gross win margins across the industry were impacted by poor horseracing results in the first months of the year. We do not believe these are the result of a structural shift and they should, therefore, normalise over time,” the William Hill report noted.

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