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For the traditionalists Caulfield Guineas Day is the real start of the Spring Racing Carnival, and the first day of Caulfields tranche provided some exceptional racing. While the Guineas is usually the main drawcard, it was somewhat overshadowed by the Caulfield Stakes, a three-horse race featuring Winx shooting for her 12th straight win and the first opportunity to see her up against Black Heart Bart.And Winx delivered. The event contained just as much intrigue during the running of the race as was in the air of anticipation. The five-year-old mare displayed her superiority and continued her perfect record in Melbourne. Trainer Chris Waller said post-race that his heart was pumping a tad harder in the early stages, but the relative ease of her win had the Aus$360,000 first prize in her keeping with 150 metres to go.The main feature of the day, the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), saw jockey Dwayne Dunn make use of an inside barrier with Divine Prophet ($7 with UBET) to claim a narrow victory over the David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained, and fast-finishing, Seaburge ($31) and Hey Doc ($10) in third.Dunn notched a Group 1 double in the Toorak Handicap (1600m) aboard Hes Our Rokkii ($2,50), the bet of the day from Scott Heinrich on ESPN; the victory capped a red-letter day for the Hayes and Dabernig, who saddled four winners on the card.In The Thousand Guineas (1600m) for the fillies, Global Glamour ($4.60) notched her second successive Group 1 victory on consecutive Saturdays after taking out the Flight Stakes in Sydney over the same distance for the new training combination of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.The final Group 1 race of the Randwick Carnival was the Spring Champion Stakes (2000m), taken out with a last-to-first swooping effort by the David Vandyke-trained Yankee Rose ($2.20). Formerly in Sydney but now based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Vandyke engaged 42-year-old Victorian journeyman jockey Dean Yendall for the ride in the Sydney feature. This was Yendalls first win at the highest level.Headline ActWinx: Of course. The anticipation towards the three-horse Caulfield Stakes (2000m) contest wasnt so much fever pitch but more that of broad intrigue. Brad Rawiller aboard Black Heart Bart took up the lead for the first 1000 metres before Hugh Bowman, on Winx, started to push his mount along gear by gear. Into the straight, as gallant as three-time Group 1 winner Black Heart Bart was, he couldnt match it for Winxs ability to the line. The winning margin was 2 lengths, with the Hayes-trained He Or She outclassed in third a further four lengths away.Starting at $1.24, Winx will have benefited for having this run as Bowman commented that she was looking for her Sydney leg into the straight; the jockey was referring to her racing in the anti-clockwise direction for the first time since her 2015 Cox Plate victory at Moonee Valley. He also said that he did have to push her more this time to overcome Black Heart Bart that he had had to in her previous Sydney outings.Winx remains a steady Cox Plate favourite while Black Hart Bart has eased to $13. So now it is on to The Valley in a fortnight for the much-anticipated clash between Winx and Group 1 Turnbull Stakes winner Hartnell.Lindsay Park training team:?David Hayes along with his training partners Ben (son) and Tom (nephew) run a significant operation, meticulously planned, as youll know after reading ESPNs racing feature last week ,. Four winners on any card is something special, but a four-time that includes dual Group 1 victories, one at Group 3 and another at Listed level is a very good day.Their planning and patience shone through with the win of Hes Our Rokki, which was also the first Group 1 win of their triumvirate partnership. Hayes noted that they had resisted the temptation to take on the weight-for-age performers and stuck to more manageable races, which helped and delivered Hes Our Rokkis fifth-straight win.Speaking of training combinations, they were to the fore once again as Team Hawkes (Hall of Fame trainer John together with sons Wayne and Michael) notched a winning double with Divine Prophet and Star Turn.Talking PointsCox Plate: It is 30 years since the Race of the Century in the 1986 Cox Plate, the classic drive to the line with Bonecrusher just edging out Our Waverley Star. The 2016 edition is being touted by the Moonee Valley Racing Club as the race of this century, and they could be right.Winx ($2.00 for the Cox Plate with UBET) and Hartnell ($2.75) are the headline acts but add in Hartnells stabelmate Hauraki, Yankee Rose and Divine Prophet -- as indicated by his co-trainer Wayne Hawkes after the Caulfield Guineas - and it looks like a cracking edition. Having said that, there are very few bad Cox Plates.Global Glamour: It isnt easy to win two Group 1 races in succession but the Waterhouse-Bott training combination, which only came into effect on 1 August, succeeded in winning with this smart filly at Randwick then put her on a float to Melbourne and won again with a very tough performance at Caulfield.The Flight Stakes-Thousand Guineas double has been completed on just seven other occasions back to 1947, but not usually with these races being run only one week apart. Global Glamour was a drifter in the market from $3.70 to $4.40, with the win accurately described by jockey Kerrin McEvoy as classy.Prince Of Penzanze: The dream of a second Melbourne Cup is unfortunately over. Following his fourth placing in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m), stewards reported that Prince Of Penzance had fractured one leg.3yo formlines: In the lead-up to the Caulfield Guineas, the expectation was that horses who had competed in Sydney were stronger than their Melbourne counterparts. Divine Prophet won having been campaigned in Sydney before the Guineas, but Seaburge went through lead-ups at Caulfield and Flemington and third-placed Hey Doc ran in the Group 2 Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley.EyecatchersSheidel: The five-year-old mare provided the Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig combination with their third winner of the day in the Group 3 race over 1200 metres. She produced a strong performance to hold off Silent Sedition, whom jockey Craig Williams said he was delighted with and was looking forward to that mare stepping up in distance. There is seemingly more to come from Sheidel during the carnival, with her next stop to be the Group 1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley under lights on 21 October.Star Turn: A very impressive winner of the Group 2 Shillaci Stakes (1100m), Star Turn is just one of a very impressive group of three-year-old sprinters racing during this Carnival. Fifth placed in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) for two-year-olds last February, behind subsequent Group 1 Moir Stakes winner Extreme Choice, there is a very significant formline developing out of that edition.BlackbookersTivaci: More might have been expected so far this spring of last Julys Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) winner, who went into the Toorak Handicap as a 20-1 chance. Tivaci, with the light weight, was in touch with the leaders to the turn but he just took a little longer to build momentum to the line and finished third, beaten by less than a length. May pay to watch more closely next time. Stewards also noted that he was inconvenience in the run home by the eventual winner, Hes Our Rokki.Prompt Response: Very much a forgive run over the 1200 metre trip on Saturday. Was knocked about a couple of times in the straight when trying to go for runs, and lost momentum. Jockey Kerrin McEvoy attempted to pick up the pieces in the last 150 metres but it was all too late as Prompt Response was unplaced in fifth.Angharad: In the same 1200 metre Group 3 race as Prompt Response, this Godolphin-owned filly saw nothing but backsides in the straight and could only canter along behind them. Starting at $31 on this occasion, she may be one to watch next time and could slip by many punters attentions.So Si Bon: Trainer Robbie Laing must be ruing all of the bad luck that his Caulfield and Thousand Guineas contenders received in those races. So Si Bon started at $71 in the Caulfield Guineas but his effort in finishing fifth was a very worthy AAMI Victoria Derby trial. He was squeezed for room at about the 250 metres mark, which literally knocked him out of figuring in the finish. UBET currently rate this colt a $13 chance for the Derby on 29 November.FlopsFoxplay: The $4.20 Thousand Guineas favourite finished unplaced. After two successive wins in Sydney at Group 2 level, jockey Hugh Bowman described the effort as satisfactory but said that Foxplay didnt really handle the turns around Caulfield and would be a better horse in 12 months time.Impending: There was a high expectation on this Sydney visitor, who started the $3.50 favourite with UBET in the Caulfield Guineas. 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