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Winx Guineas to determine Star Of Michelin's spring hopes

By Glenn Davis

A Melbourne spring campaign could become a serious option for promising gelding Star Of Michelin if the three-year-old wins the Group 3 Winx Guineas at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.

Star Of Michelin is backing-up a week after returning to his best form with a 1400-metre win at Eagle Farm last Saturday.

The son of Jet Spur’s win followed his disappointing fifth to La Pulga over 1600 metres Doomben in May and was his third run back after his second cardiac arrhythmia attack at Doomben in April.

“He just won’t go at Doomben," trainer Stu Kendrick said.

"He was out the back and was never travelling when he ran on to finish fifth there two runs back."

Kendrick believes the Winx Guineas is a winnable race for Star Of Michelin who was set for the feature after the original Brisbane winter carnival was scrapped due to COVID-19.

“I’ve always thought he would stay and the original plan with him was the Queensland Derby,” Kendrick said.

“But when the Derby was scrapped after coronavirus struck, we decided to target the Winx Guineas.

“When he was beaten back in April because of the heart arithmea we sent him to the Gatton vet clinic where he was eventually cleared.

“He didn’t have to spell and only had a few days off to get over it.”

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Kendrick believes the extra distance of the Winx Guineas and the bigger Caloundra track are huge positives for Star Of Michelin who won his only start on a soft track but has never been tested in heavy going.

“It didn’t surprise me he won at Eagle Farm last start as he loves the roomier track,” he said.

“The extra distance will suit him and bigger tracks like the Sunshine Coast and Eagle Farm is what he wants.

“This will be his last run before he goes for a short spell.

“Melbourne is definitely an option with him in the spring as I’ve always thought he’d stay.

“But we can't make any plans yet until we see what the situation will be down the track with travelling horses."

Star Of Michelin was bred by the late Ross Cutts, best known as the owner-breeder of former Group 1 winner and champion sire Show A Heart.

His grand dam, Wabble, won the 2012 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate winner at Caufield for Rob Heathcote.

Races

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Sunshine Coast | Sunshine Coast Turf Club | 4:03 PM

WINX GUINEAS

Star Of Michelin