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Thursday, 15 November, 2018

A trainer on his knees and a man in a hat: the best of the week's racing

Doncaster's St Leger meeting was the highlight of the week's action
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Performance of the week

Capri delivered a courageous performance in the St Leger and Heartache looked a serious talent in the Flying Childers, but the star of this week's racing must be wondermare Winx, whose reign as the queen of Australian racing goes on and on.

Winx made it 20 wins in a row with a characteristic late surge at Randwick to take her to five off Black Caviar's 25-win streak. Some have quibbled with the fact Winx has done all her winning in Australia, but to string together such a long and unbroken sequence of wins is astonishing whatever way you slice it.

Moment of the week

It seems a long time since the Laura Mongan-trained Harbour Law won the 2016 St Leger under George Baker. That was a heart-warming victory for a trainer and jockey whose success no one could begrudge, and the accompanying pictures of Mongan and Baker celebrating radiated joy.

Laura Mongan and George Baker after winning the St Leger last year

Since then, Baker's life has been turned upside down after a life-threatening fall on the frozen lake track at St Moritz, where he suffered serious head injuries in a pile-up.

Baker had to learn to walk again but has recovered enough that he could play a key role in the build-up to the St Leger and was the guest of sponsors William Hill on the big day.

There was no better moment than seeing the popular jockey back at the scene of his greatest triumph.

Spat of the week

At these times it is understandable that security on racecourses has been tightened up, but it was laughable that Doncaster cited 'recent events' as part of the reason why a member of their security team turfed septuagenarian trainer David Elsworth, who had forgotten his badge, out of the winner's enclosure on Saturday, much to his reported displeasure.

Least likely hat model

Ryan Moore wearing his St Leger cap

It was always improbable that Ryan Moore would embrace the ceremonial wearing of the St Leger cap and after winning on Capri he didn't disappoint. Here's how Alastair Down described the above moment: "Wearing a face like a man suffering an acute case of gout, Moore put the cap on his bonce where it lasted all of 15 seconds before he whipped it off with a grimace."

Quote of the week

"I think if we hadn't gone so fast in the Gold Cup he won, he'd have won by 40 lengths and won the next five Gold Cups as well"
Denman owner Harry Findlay is back with a new book and, as this quote from his interview with Peter Thomas demonstrates, he still talks the biggest of big games

Picture of the week

Waterford trainer Tom Cummins is not one to hide his emotions after saddling his first winner in three years at Listowel on Wednesday; Racing Post photographer Patrick McCann was on hand to capture the celebrations

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It was always improbable that Ryan Moore would embrace the ceremonial wearing of the St Leger cap
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