The Harrovian holds Australian thoroughbred racing’s longest active winning streak, but Queensland’s latest cult galloper is less than halfway to matching the feats of Sunshine State stars Sava Jet, Miss Petty and Picnic In The Park.
Thoroughbred racing is hugely popular in Japan because the Japanese Racing Association markets the sport better than any other governing body, and one of its key engagement tools is its horse mascot, Turfy.
James Cummings is the trainer for whom William Pike has had the most rides without a win, but the odds favour their first victory in tandem being the Winterbottom Stakes, the Group One sprint over 1,200 metres at Ascot.
Trekking will become the first galloper to carry Godolphin’s royal blue colours to victory in each of Australia’s five mainland states if the two-time Group One winner justifies Winterbottom Stakes favouritism at Ascot.
Four years ago today, Group One character Gary Moore jumped the fence, galloped on the track and provided photographers with images that went viral following Takedown’s victory in the Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot.