Mallyon: The Autumn Sun looks the one to eclipse Winx
FORMER Group 1-winning rider and Channel 7 racing media personality Katelyn Mallyon has homed in on four horses she'd like to ride excluding the obvious in Winx this spring.
THE AUTUMN SUN
THE Autumn Sun is a colt that has the capabilities to beat the wonder mare.
He is simply breathtaking to watch.
Only bad luck will beat him in the Caulfield Guineas, as I haven't seen any other horses racing as dominant as him.
If he were to win the Caulfield Guineas easily and pull up fine, I'd love to see him run in the Cox Plate with 49.5kg.
He could potentially defeat the great mare with that weight.
Unfortunately, I doubt we will get to see this as both of these champions are trained by Chris Waller.
MY next pick is unbeaten. Smart Melody is her name and we are going to be hearing a lot more of this three-year-old filly this spring.
She has never looked like getting beaten since her debut back in June where we saw her give a galloping lesson to her rivals and win her maiden by 5.5 lengths.
Anyone who watched her knew straight away that we had a star on the rise.
Since then she has won four more races, including two in the south after handling the trip to Melbourne.
One of those was down the daunting wide open expanses of the Flemington straight, the other coming in the Thousand Guineas prelude at Caulfield where she was again far too strong.
Her toughest test will be over the Caulfield mile in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas, but I have no worries about that because she is trained by one of the best in Newcastle's Kris Lees.
AVILIUS has made my top four. The six-year-old gelding is owned by the powerful Godolphin operation and trained by James Cummings.
He is an import (like most of our stayers), who is unbeaten since being on Australian soil.
If you look at his form, you won't see him winning by any big margins, but don't let that fool you because he has the acceleration of a V8 sports car.
He will need to win The Bart Cummings at Flemington on Saturday to be exempt from the ballot in our famous Melbourne Cup.
I think he has what it takes and if he brings his V8 engine to Flemington, nothing will stand a chance.
KINGS WILL DREAM
WELL, I couldn't have a top four without including a Darren Weir horse. Another import, Kings Will Dream has made his way to the top level this preparation.
His last two starts have seen him been narrowly beaten in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes and not far away in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes.
He will have to compete against the wonder mare Winx on Saturday in the Group 1 Turnbull, but the 2000m run will be perfect for his fitness.
He looks on target for the Caulfield Cup in two weeks' time.