Winx Will Go for 11th Straight in Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes
After a rather easy victory in the 1400 m Group 2 Warwick Stakes at Randwick, winning her first-up with a last 600 m that erased any possibilities of her being caught, it does not appear that many trainers will field against her when she goes for her 11th consecutive in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes. The fact that Winx will have to run an extra 200 m does not seem to influence anyone’s decision.
Obviously, the hue and cry over Chris Waller’s not being pristinely transparent about Winx’s bone chip surgery can apparently be put to bed, as at this point, it would seem as though they could have amputated the leg entire and still not worry about her being beaten.
The goal for the spring campaign is to have Winx defend her 2015 Cox Plate title, but she seems to have figured out the weight-for-age game.
She may face some competition in the Chelmsford from Prized Icon, the charge of James Cummings, but Cummings has indicated that Luci Valentia has some time off before running the Group 1 Underwood Stakes at Caulfield in the last week of September.
Waller’s sole concern at this point is to avoid overtraining Winx, and given his success as a trainer, it is hard to conceive of that happening.