Second to Winx is a win
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.
Ivan Haggerty and Jerry Noske after the boilover.