Picture per­fect for No 20

The Southland Times - - RACING - AAP

Winx has been de­scribed as ‘‘picture per­fect’’ by trainer Chris Waller ahead of her shot at a 20th straight win at Rand­wick on Satur­day.

Winx has drawn bar­rier one in the Ge­orge Main Stakes where she will again be up against Red Ex­cite­ment af­ter pow­er­ing past the geld­ing to win the Chelms­ford Stakes af­ter he set up a big lead mid-race.

‘‘Red Ex­cite­ment had quite a break on us but when she spot­ted that horse in front she re­ally mo­tored at him,’’ jockey Hugh Bow­man said.

‘‘I could feel her will to win and her tenac­ity to be first past the post and for me that was very spe­cial.’’

Satur­day’s Group I over 1600m weight-for-age is an­other step to­wards the Cox Plate for Winx.

Trainer Chris Waller is hop­ing the mare will match the record cur­rently held by Kingston Town when she com­petes in her third Cox Plate win in Oc­to­ber.

‘‘Winx is like Usain Bolt, he does not look like the win­ner at the 50 me­tre mark, it’s the last 30 me­tres that he re­ally starts to ex­cel’’ Waller told AAP..

Winx is at $1.08 to de­fend her ti­tle in the Ge­orge Main. Ki­wiowned Macin­tosh is at odds of 70-1.

The world’s high­est-rated sprinter Chau­tauqua has been de­scribed as ‘‘a freak’’ by co­trainer Michael Hawkes ahead of his re­turn at Rand­wick.

‘‘With Winx you know what you’re go­ing to get,’’ Hawkes told re­porters on Thurs­day.

‘‘Whereas with our bloke it’s a bit dif­fer­ent be­cause he’s a bit like a Harry Hou­dini.

‘‘He just gets out of places that he prob­a­bly shouldn’t get out of.’’

Hawkes was re­fer­ring to Chau­tauqua’s fin­ish­ing bursts last seen when the grey flash came from last to win his third suc­ces­sive TJ Smith Stakes in April.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple prob­a­bly thought he couldn’t win’’ Hawkes said.

The 7-year-old geld­ing runs over 1100m in The Shorts at Rand­wick on Satur­day.

Chau­tauqua is the favourite for the in­au­gu­ral run­ning of Aus­tralia’s rich­est race, the $10 mil­lion Ever­est.

Kiwi Cho­cante Kingston Town Satur­day’s meet­ing. runs in Stakes the at

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