Winx Leads Gallop of Waller Stables in Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes
Winx fans will be glad to learn that their favourite mare has drawn the third barrier for the Group 2 (1600 m) Chelmsford Stakes run this Saturday.
For once, the others will be coming out of the barn to race her at Randwick, where the stalls usually have “No Vacancy” signs illuminated as few care to venture onto the track at Randwick.
There is still time to plonk some of the money from your racing fund on the favourite, while she still is offering $1.09. Eleven others will challenge her and offers some nice dividends, as the number two favourite, Sense Of Occasion, is priced at a whopping $19.00, although Kris Lees’ seven-year-old bay gelding will only pay you $2.25 for a second. He will start alongside Winx and so long as she does not wait for the next race to jump as she did first up in the Missile Stakes, Sense of Occasion might just have the best seat in the house.
The rest of the field carries quotes ranging from $26 on Red Excitement, to $151 for Libran, with whom we share a Zodiac sign, but little else.
Who Shot Thebarman is listed at a staggering $81.00, a horse that has won nine times for Chris Waller, but not since 2015, when he took out the Group 2 Sandown Classic, so he may be a sentimental, but long-in-the-tooth pick and may be headed for the jumps following this last spring campaign.
Waller has literally flooded the field for the Chelmsford Stakes. Half the horses running will be his, although no one would suggest that there is anything not on the up-and-up.
Along with Winx and Who Shot Thebarman, Waller will field, barring late scratchings, Antonio Giuseppe, Libran and Sarrasin.
Winx is going for 19 consecutive and off all the runners in the field, the only that has come close to her on any occasion is Lasqueti Spirit that ran second to Winx in the Group 1 Chipping Norton at Randwick in February of 2017.