A nudge and a Winx, say no more
SYDNEY’S first Group 1 race of the new year, the $600,000 Chipping Norton Stakes, will be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
The weight-for-age Chipping Norton Stakes is usually run at Warwick Farm but works being done around the racecourse prompted the Australian Turf Club to reluctantly switched venues for the feature race.
It won’t affect the quality of the field, which is likely to attract the nation’s best racehorse, superstar mare Winx.
Trainer Chris Waller is likely to have multiple runners in the race but Winx is the standout performer. She was magnificent in her comeback win in the Apollo Stakes this month and is on a six-race winning streak.
Her likely opponents include Mongolian Khan, trained by Murray Baker and arguably New Zealand’s best racehorse. Baker trained It’s A Dundeel to win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2014 and then took out last year’s ATC Australian Derby with Mongolian Khan.
PLENTY OF SUPPORT
THE support program at the Chipping Norton meeting adds further interest.
The nine-race program boasts six stakes races including the Group 2 $175,000 Guy Walter Stakes, restricted to mares, and the Group 2 $175,000 Surround Stakes for three-year-old fillies.