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Winx Sibling Impresses On Debut

Friday, 18th March 2016

El Divino, a 2YO half-brother to superstar mare Winx, looked a potential top-liner himself when scoring a stylish debut victory at Gosford yesterday. The Gai Waterhouse-trained colt showed good early speed when jumping straight to the lead before deploying a sharp turn of foot reminiscent of his famous older sister when bounding clear for a most impressive 4.8-length win over 1000m. Speaking after the race, Waterhouse's racing manager Adrian Bott said El Divino was now likely to head towards the Gr3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) at Royal Randwick on 2 April. "He's a very exciting colt going forward," Bott told Sky Racing. "A race like the Kindergarten might be a good target for him." Bred by the Camilleri family's Fairway Thoroughbreds, El Divino is by Snitzel out of the Al Akbar mare Vegas Showgirl making him a half sibling to Cox Plate heroine and 4-time Gr1 winner Winx (Street Cry). Widely regarded as the best racehorse in Australia, Winx will bid to boost her Gr1 tally to five when she starts favourite in tomorrow's $1 million Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill.

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El Divino (image: Steve Hart)
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