WIDE ANGLE

Wednesday 17, 2019 2:00 PM By Best Bets

Edition six of The Championships is behind us, and it didn’t disappoint.

Winx bowed out by doing what Winx does — for the 33rd time in a row and the 25th at Group 1 level.

As usual the Country and Provincial Championship Finals produced feelgood stories.

And again the wins were spread around. In each of 2015, 2016 and 2017 the 20 (or 19) races of The Championships produced wins to 16 different stables.

This year, like last year, 15 stables shared in the spoils. Only Chris Waller (four wins) and James Cummings (three) won more than one race.

A total of 15 jockeys won races, with only Hugh Bowman (three), James McDonald (two), Corey Brown (two) and Mark Zahra (two) striking more than once.

The Randwick carnival concludes this Saturday with two more Group 1s and recent history suggests punters look away from the rail for the major winners.

In the All Aged Stakes, 11 of the past 14 winners have jumped from barrier 6, 7 or 8 — notable given that the race has had an average of just nine starters over that time. The past three winners have jumped from 7.

In the Champagne, 11 of the past 12 winners have jumped from gate 5 or outside, with Seabrook last year jumping from 12 of 13.

If you’re taking a quaddie it might pay to look out wide as well.

Over the past five years only two of the 20 winners in quaddie races have jumped from inside barrier 5, and none from gates 1 or 2. On average in those races the winner has jumped three from the outside of the field.

The rail has been out between three and nine metres at those five meetings. This Saturday it’s out six metres, as it was last year.