Saturday Meetings at Randwick and Flemington Feature Classy Racing
Winx will be attempting a record equaling fourth win when she turns out for the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600 m) this weekend coming at Randwick.
She will be going for her 31st consecutive win.
It only seems as though she has won the race every time since it debuted in 1925.
It is just the last three Chippings Nortons she has won. A fourth would tie her with Tie The Knot, the gelding that won four consecutive 1999 – 2002. The Chipping Norton was his last win in a race that was remarkable for 62 races and multiple Group 1 wins. He won the frsit two when the race was at Warwick Farms and the second two at Randwick and a look at the race history suggests that this is one of the more nomadic races on the Australian Thoroughbred racing calendar.
As for this year’s edition at Randwick, Winx will find a field full of familiar faces, the same she sees around the training ground most days.
“We will nominate Patrick Erin, Egg Tart, Unforgotten, Libran, Brimham Rocks, Winx and might back up with D’Argento,” Waller said.
Waller had only two besides Winx in the race last year, including Libran. Libran was over eight lengths behind at the conclusion of the 1600 metres, so if Winx is to have any challenger this go, it will not be from Libran. The gelding last won in September of 2017, taking out the Group 3 Kingston Town.
The futures market for the race has Winx posted at $1.10. It is impossible to level accusations at Waller for flooding fields, as if he did not provide horses, Winx would run solo. Neither can he be accused of banding his horses to run interference. It is simply of case of there being none willing to race her.
Randwick will also present the Group 1 Surround Stakes on the same day. Winx could win that one on the same day, so long as it was not being run simultaneously with the Norton.
Flemington has some nice racing taking place, the highlight being the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600 m, 3YO, set weights) as the autumn racing moves into high season.