Chris Waller’s Theo Marks Stakes winner over the weekend Winx has shot to the top of the pre-field Epsom Handicap 2015 odds for the Group 1 at Royal Randwick in Sydney next month.
The talented four-year-old daughter of Street Cry took her record to seven wins at her 13th start over the weekend at Rosehill on Golden Rose Day taking out the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) first-up.
It was her first run since becoming an elite level winner in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) at Doomben back in May and took her earnings out over $1.17 million in prize money.
After her narrow resuming win over Sons Of John in the Group 2, the bookmakers at Ladbrokes.com.au have reacted accordingly and Winx now pays $4 as the early favourite to win the $1 million Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on October 3.
There are officially 96 Epsom Handicap nominations this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, weights for the mile feature released today.
Waller has won the past two editions of the Epsom with Boban (2013) and He’s Your Man (2014) and now looks a big hope of making it three on the trot with Winx looking to become the first mare to take out the classic since Secret Admirer (2011).
There is currently just one other entry under double figures in the Epsom Handicap betting markets with the fellow Waller-trained Group 1 winner Kermadec at $9 for the stable.
A four-year-old Teofilo stallion, Kermadec won the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at the same track and distance as the Epsom as a three-year-old during the autumn and was last seen running a second-up second to Complacent in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) over the Randwick mile on September 5.
Waller’s has a total of 14 Epsom Handicap nominees this spring with the other most notable from the contingent being his recent Warwick Stakes winning Redoute’s Choice mare Royal Descent ($10), 2013 Epsom champ Boban ($15) and six-year-old mare Catkins ($15) who won the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) over the weekend in Sydney.
Along with Royal Descent the other $10 third fancy in the current all-in markets is the Gai Waterhouse-trained French import Pornichet.
Waterhouse boasts an impressive seven Epsom Handicap wins to date most recently winning in 2012 with Fat Al.
Vespone stallion Pornichet is her top hope of making it eight this season, the Doomben Cup winner last seen running sixth in the Chelmsford Stakes two runs into his spring campaign.
Other nominees high up the Epsom markets including the John O’Shea-trained Lonhro stallion Sweynesse ($11) and John Thompson’s first-up Group 2 Tramway Stakes winning Casino Prince five-year-old Hooked ($15).
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