Superstar galloper Winx may be without peer when it comes to her achievements on the track but Our Playboy did his best impersonation of the great mare in the race named in her honour at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.
Dealt a horror barrier, jockey Robbie Fradd had his work cut out but he cooly delivered after taking the three-year-old back to last and weaving his way through the field to win the Group 3 Winx Guineas charging away by almost six lengths.
The Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr-trained galloper has had an extended preparation in Queensland this winter and saved his best for last in the demolition job which left Dzsenifer and Kiwi galloper Not An Option fighting it out for the placings.
“Gee, he is a nice horse,” Fradd said post race. “I spoke to Mick and he said it was a sticky draw but we’re there to race.
“I was probably last (in running), I was going to follow Michael Cahill (Not An Option), then he got shuffled back and then I thought if I was positive on him I would be three wide.
“He isn’t a horse you want to be three wide on, you want a bit of cover. This is a nice horse this, he was spot on today.
“I saved every inch and got on the back of a few horses instead, once he saw daylight he sprinted away.”
Not since Winx’s effort in 2015 has the race seen such a dominant winner and Our Playboy is now set for bigger and better things when he heads south.
Mick Price purchased Our Playboy from the 2019 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale for $210,000 from the Widden draft.
Story by Trenton Akers of Racenet.
Photo: Michael McInally