Winx Takes on Five in Group 1 George Ryder Stakes
Judging from the field for Saturday’s Group 1 The Agency George Ryder Stakes, it would appear as though Chris Waller has no choice but to take Winx to England this winter, as she has only five to beat in the Ryder to record her 24th consecutive win. This is not a horse race, this is a coronation parade.
Maybe she could lie about her age and sneak into the Golden Slipper Stakes.
If she continues to race in Australia, it is only slightly absurd to expect that she might take a run with only herself in the field.
Winx has drawn the widest barrier, but coming from the sixth slot for her is hardly wide.
Kementari is on the second line at $6.50 for the race in two days’ time. The three-year-old brown colt has won once on a soft track, which would be a valuable asset, were it not for the fact that Winx has won four times under those conditions and has also won three times on heavy tracks.
The forecast for Sydney seems to be a wet one, but short of a postponement, the only way Winx loses the George Ryder Stakes is if she drowns in the barriers.
Happy Clapper is in the picture, but has drifted out to $14. He has the experience, with 32 races on his resume, but his history on soft or heavy tracks is not encouraging, not to mention that he will spot Winx two kilos.
According to last year’s figures, $40,000 in prizemoney in this year’s race will go unclaimed, as runners 7 – 10 would each receive $10,000 just for lining up.
Maybe Racing NSW could get Chautauqua to stand around for $10,000. He was a distant eight lengths behind Winx in last year’s race, so perhaps stand around is what he did.
The Rosehill track was rated Heavy 10 last year and Winx covered the 1500 metres in 1:34.87. She had to beat six other horses on that occasion. When she won the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes in October of 2016, the only ones she had to beat were Black Heart Bart and He Or She.