Bob and Rita Kasinow are currently in the middle of a trip of a lifetime. Last year at Equestricon, horse racing’s first and only international fan convention, trade show, and festival, the Kasinows won a trip to Australia. But the Equestricon prize was more than just a few days of vacation in Sydney; it included a weeklong experience at Bondi Beach during The Championships at Royal Randwick where the great racemare Winx will make her final career start this week. Bob has been blogging about his experiences in Australia and checks in with an update below.
On Thursday morning we had the awesome opportunity to see the final gallop for Winx prior to the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday. She moved effortlessly through the stretch, in the pre-sunrise light, going clockwise on a soft but getting firmer immaculate turf course at Rosehill Racecourse.
There was a bit of anxious excitement when after taking her hood off (keeping out a good bit of noise) the clicking cameras and flashes causes a few quick hind leg kicks to a nearby sign. All turned out fine there and was a sign that she is feeling good, according to trainer Chris Waller. Chris mentioned that in hindsight, he would have left it on.
Jockey Hugh Bowman also was interviewed on the grass in the saddling area. Interesting were his comments on how Winx’s pre-race, going-to-post demeanor, can vary. Sometimes she pulls strongly, other times she is very relaxed. He said the easiest part of his task is when the gate opens riding the race.
One aside is just how wonderful Peter Tighe, his wife Patty, and daughter Nicole are. We had such a nice chat at Rosehill with them yesterday. My wife Rita got some excellent Australian gift ideas from Nicole. They’re such a warm and open family.
Free day today. No horse racing activities. More sightseeing!
Follow Bob and Rita on their adventure in Australia via Bob’s Twitter account: @BobKaz0513