The expected but hair-raising win of Winx in last Saturday’s Turnbull Stakes returned her sire, Street Cry, to fourth on the Australian general sires table but the top rungs will be in for upheaval this Saturday with the running of the $13 million Everest.
I Am Invincible extended his lead at the top of the table with a black-type double at Flemington last Saturday — thanks to Invincibella in the Group 2 Blazer Stakes and Eckstein in the listed Paris Lane.
But if he’s to retain that spot after Saturday he’ll need Viddora to win the major prize.
If she does, I Am Invincible will be well on his way to his first Australian sires premiership.
Reigning dual premier Snitzel is second on the table, $1.1 million behind his rival, after taking last Saturday’s Group 2 Gilgai Stakes with I Am Excited.
But if either of his Everest representatives — Trapeze Artist or 2017 winner Redzel — gets the cash, he’ll be back on top and well on the way to a threepeat.
The other stallion with two runners in The Everest is Lope de Vega, who has Santa Ana Lane and Vega Magic, the latter having run second as favourite in the inaugural Everest. Lope de Vega is currently 19th, coming off a career-best 11th in 2017/18.
Apart from Street Cry, last week’s Group 1-winning stallion was Smart Missile, who moved up to seventh with Maid of Heaven’s win in the Spring Champion at Randwick.
Sebring was another top stallion performer last Saturday, winning the Group 2 Roman Consul at Randwick with Sesar and the Group 2 Edward Manifold at Flemington with Amphitrite.
Randwick’s other black-type race was the Group 3 Angst Stakes, won by I Am Serious for Choisir.
At Flemington, the import Avilius won the Group 3 Bart Cummings for Pivotal.
Hinchinbrook rose to third on the two-year-old sires chart with the listed Maribyrnong Trial win of Unite And Conquer, while other listed races at Flemington went to progeny of Animal Kingdom and Domesday.
In Perth, the listed Birthday Stakes went to unbeaten Testa Rossa mare Enticing Star.
Three days earlier the Hannans Handicap at Kalgoorlie went the way of Reykjavik, by Artie Schiller.