A nudge and a Winx, say no more

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Ray Thomas

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.


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.

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