Cup controversy marred Winx' day of celebration

9th April 2017 3:07 PM
Almoonqith ridden by James Doyle (in blue) breaks a leg and Blake Shinn riding who shot Thebarman also fell in the Schweppes Sydney Cup. Almoonqith ridden by James Doyle (in blue) breaks a leg and Blake Shinn riding who shot Thebarman also fell in the Schweppes Sydney Cup. CRAIG GOLDING

STEWARDS made the right call to make the Sydney Cup a no-race on Saturday.

They called it off mid-race after Almoonqith broke down about 100m past the winning post the first time.

Several jockeys criticised the call, including Polarisation's hoop Corey Brown, who didn't know the race had been called off until he pulled up after being first past the post on the Godolphin raider.

Damien Oliver, who rode Assign, also said the race could have been run safely and should have continued.

But safety has to come first and the simple fact was there was a risk horses could collide with Almoonqith if all mounts were flat out at the finish.

Yes, some horses were ridden out to the line anyway after their hoops didn't get the message but that doesn't take away from the fact it was the right call.

It's just a shame it happened in front of a massive crowd of 26,801 people, less than an hour after Winx showed everyone how great our sport is.

Meanwhile, trainer Chris Waller's wife Stephanie gave an insight into her husband's secret on how he handles the pressure after Winx strode to her 17th-straight victory at Randwick On Saturday.

"He is so normal at home," she said.

"He doesn't let it get to him. I know he does deep down but he gets home at 6pm and he has got the kids.

"The kids still think he is riding the horses, honestly, and every horse they see is Winx and they have no idea.

"But they take his mind off it and I don't know much about horses so we get home and we talk about other things.

"(Friday night) he got a massage and we had a nice dinner together and he played with the kids and it was just normal."