Watch Waller Parade His Colours in Group 2 Apollo Stakes
After winning the Group 2 Apollo Stakes at Randwick in 2016 and 2017, and then taking 2018 off, Winx is back Saturday coming.
A win would make her the first in the relatively brief history of the race, which started in 1977, to win three times. Sunline won two in 2000 and 2001 and Juggler won two in 1997 and 1996. Those two won when the race was held at Warwick Farm.
A quick look at one of the online bookmaker’s websites would seem to imply that Winx could win this race with one leg tied behind her back. Her current price is $1.09, which believe it or not, represents a drift out from $1.08, so the bookmaker we consulted must be in a generous frame of mind.
Only seven are interested in the $47,000 for second place. Endless Drama won last year and is not interested in defending.
Happy Clapper is the only other in single digits, with a quote of $9.00. The others are either former or soon-to-be-Winx victims. Five of the seven runners other than Winx are from Chris Waller’s stables. Waller is having the decorators come in to install some new curtains, or something, maybe upgrading the stable’s internet connection.
They could rename the race the Chris Waller Enrichment Stakes. Winx will take the top prize, which was $142,250 last year, which, by the way, went to Waller’s Endless Drama. The race pays down to 10th place, so $6,250 will go unclaimed, unless the stewards decide to hand the money to Waller for his trouble.
We will probably skip the Apollo Stakes and focus on the Group 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington. That one has Sunlight on the top line at $3.90. The three-year-old filly is returning from a 15-week spell and while her first-up form is not exactly pristine, she has won eight times and placed in three races from 12 jumps.
Her main competition seems to be In Her Time ($5), Graff ($6) and Osborne Bulls ($6.50).
There are two at $8, Lean Mean machine and Written By and nothing is longer than the $61 quote of Missrock.