Stakes is the ideal distance for Winx
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).
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.
MY TIP for this weekend is to follow Team Snowden’s runners on their home track at Royal Randwick.