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Winfrey lives up to his trial form

THE NEW PAPER, OCT 31

Three weeks ago, I wrote that WINFREY's record would shock you.

From 10 starts, he had not even finished in the frame, with his best placing being an 8.3-length fifth and his closest run in terms of margin was seven lengths behind when finishing second-last.

But, on his last two trials, I said the three-year-old American-bred looked set to open winning accounts.

True to form, Winfrey delivered in Race 7 last night.

And, in the words of racecaller Craig Evans, Winfrey "is a different horse tonight...won like Spalato, like the best horse in Singapore".

Ridden by jockey Saifudin Ismail, the John O'Hara-trained chestnut gelding raced wide in fifth, about four lengths behind Jawara, who led narrowly from Winfrey's stablemate Princeton.

Winfrey straightened very wide but accelerated to the front 200m out to win by two and three-quarter lengths.

Winfrey showed four-figure odds once and three figures nine times, but opened up as the $11 favourite last night but eventually drifted to pay $21.

When Winfrey opened as the ridiculous favourite, Matthew Jones, the other racecaller-cum-race presenter, exclaimed: "$11 and $5.10, goodness me."
He reasoned that the horse ran 10th in his last three starts, beaten by a total of 40 lengths.

But, having seen his trials, I was set to make him my first choice. So did my fellow tipster Larry Foley.