Sec­ond to Winx is a win

The West Australian - - RACING - Brad David­son Syd­ney

The Chelms­ford Stakes is all but over with the trainer of the only horse given any chance of knock­ing off Winx just hop­ing he gets within six lengths of the great mare.

Winx opened a $1.06 favourite for the Chelms­ford Stakes af­ter the fi­nal field was de­clared yes­ter­day. She will jump from bar­rier three as she bids to ex­tend her win­ning streak to 19.

One TAB punter was quick to get on board, putting $63,000 on the mare at $1.06 for a pos­si­ble re­turn of just un­der $4000.

She will face 11 ri­vals in the Group 2 fea­ture (1600m) at Rand­wick on Satur­day, which is more than her past four starts.

But, if any­thing, the race is an eas­ier as­sign­ment than the War­wick Stakes a fort­night ago.

Last-start Doomben Cup win­ner Sense Of Oc­ca­sion ($21) is the only horse rated un­der $30 in TAB’s mar­ket and trainer Kris Lees con­cedes he is run­ning for sec­ond.

“He got within 5.7 lengths of her last time we raced and I think it will be around that again and if that’s good enough to run sec­ond, so be it,” Lees said.

Winx, who will wear ear muffs for the first time in the Chelms­ford Stakes, missed the start by four lengths in the War­wick Stakes and had to be asked for a big ef­fort to reel in Fox­play. Fox­play did not ac­cept for the Chelms­ford while War­wick Stakes third placeget­ter Ecuador will run in the Tramway Stakes at Rand­wick in­stead.

Pic­ture: Sharyn Walker/West­ern Ra­cepix

Ivan Haggerty and Jerry Noske af­ter the boilover.

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