Stakes is the ideal dis­tance for Winx

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

WINX, the na­tion’s best, steps out for her sec­ond start of the sea­son when she con­tests the Group 2 $250,000 Chelms­ford Stakes at Royal Rand­wick on Satur­day.

The cham­pion mare is aim­ing for her 11th con­sec­u­tive win af­ter an out­stand­ing re­turn to rac­ing in the War­wick Stakes on Au­gust 20.

The 1600m course is ar­guably Winx’s track and dis­tance. Her four starts over this trip, at Group 1 level, had wins in the Ep­som Hand­i­cap, Chip­ping Nor­ton Stakes and Don­caster Mile, and a sec­ond in the Flight Stakes.

She will be a long odds-on favourite to ex­tend her win­ning streak and be­come the fourth mare this cen­tury to win the weight-for-age race af­ter Un­earthly (2004), Ne­vis (2005) and Gal­lant Tess (2007).

BREAK­ING HOODOO

LE RO­MAIN is be­ing asked to try to break a 30-year hoodoo when he lines up in the Group 2 $175,000 Tramway Stakes (1400m) at the Chelms­ford meet­ing.

The Tramway is con­sid­ered one of the main lead-ups to the Group 1 $1 mil­lion Ep­som Hand­i­cap (1600m) on Oc­to­ber 1 but no horse has won the dou­ble since Chante­clair in 1986.

But Le Ro­main, al­ready the win­ner of the Group 1 Rand­wick Guineas, in­di­cated he was go­ing to be one of the hard­est to beat.

SNOW­DEN TIPPED

MY TIP for this week­end is to fol­low Team Snow­den’s run­ners on their home track at Royal Rand­wick.

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