Wilchino looking to emulate Elite Street

When Wilchino steps out in the Group 1 Crown Perth-Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on Saturday, she will be hoping to beat her stablemate Elite Street and emulate what he was able to achieve last year. 

The five-year-old mare will be hoping to go from a benchmark 72 victory, straight to Group 1 glory like he was able to do.  

It has been a rapid rise for the Daniel Morton-trained galloper considering she finished last in a class 3 event back in June and then only won a No-Metro-Wins race back in July. 

Since that victory, she won her next five and now enters the Winterbottom Stakes as the second favourite and the logical danger to Elite Street.  

She has demonstrated early speed, a dynamic cruising speed in the middle section of the race and plenty of tenacity and fight over the last furlong. 

Stepping up to 1200m for the first-time last start, she carried 60kg and ran a very impressive 1.08.58 to show rivals that she is the real deal. 

She will jump from barrier 1 and she should be in front for a large part of this race, if not all of it.

Meanwhile, the Gangemi trained Rock Magic will be running his final race tomorrow. This will be Rock Magic’s sixth start in the great race. After placing third in the event on three occasions and fifth in another, anything is possible when it comes to this 12-year-old gelding who has racked up $1,713,915 in prize money.