“Winx-Like”: The Night Good Juan Broke The Net

The meltdown that followed Good Juan’s remarkable Wentworth Park win on Saturday has rivalled that of champion galloper Winx’s farewell to racing.

Adam Dobbin

30 June 2020

The social media meltdown that followed Good Juan’s remarkable Wentworth Park victory on Saturday night has rivalled that of champion galloper Winx’s farewell to racing.

As of Monday morning, the visually stunning last-to-first victory had collectively exceeded an extraordinary 450,000 views on Facebook and Twitter and was already responsible for over 100,000 engagements on Facebook.

Such was the interest in the mesmerising performance, Channel 7 news ran with the race in their sports bulletin on Sunday night, handing Australian greyhound racing money can’t buy publicity.

“The social media engagement of Good Juan’s breathtaking win at Wentworth Park has been nothing short of astounding,” said Sky Racing’s Matt Jenkins.

 “To have a clip watched over 400,000 times across our social channels is almost unheard of.

 “It is without doubt our best performing greyhound post ever.”

The profound reaction and subsequent hype surrounding the win has generated never seen before social media activity in the world of greyhound racing, numbers on par with Winx’s goodbye to racing last year.

“That’s the kind of numbers we are talking about – right in line with the mighty mare Winx and her farewell victory in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick last year,” Jenkins added.

To give the remarkable reach further context, Good Odds Harada’s Million Dollar Chase triumph last October received around 10,000 views.

The Sky Racing vision of Good Juan’s amazing win at Wentworth Park on Saturday night which went viral has surpassed 450,000 – and climbing.

“By Sunday morning it had already reached 100,000 views on Twitter,” said Jenkins.

In the past 48 hours the greyhound industry has been hand delivered significant media exposure, the stunning victory not only capturing the imagination of rusted on racing fans but also the rank and file public.

And the mesmerising turn of events were further aided by a superlative call by Tim Newbold, the broadcast receiving universal praise including that from NSW’s number 1 thoroughbred caller Darren Flindell.

“The astonishing finish of Good Juan could have him described as the canine Chautauqua,” Flindell said.

“Like the grey in the 2017 TJ Smith, victory was out of the question until the final strides and Tim Newbold encapsulated the moment with precise timing and delivery to make the race one for the ages.”

Who would have ever thought that a Saturday night fifth grade race at Wentworth Park could break the internet.

But Good Juan’s triumph did … and the numbers support it.