Winx Dominates 2017 Chelmsford Stakes Nominations

August 28, 2017

Winx Dominates 2017 Chelmsford Stakes Nominations

Chris Waller’s outstanding mare Winx continues her spring campaign that will culminate with a shot at an historic third Cox Plate success dominating the Chelmsford Stakes 2017 nominations in Sydney this weekend.

Winx, above, is among the nominations for the Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Winx, above, is among the nominations for the Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

The public enjoyed their first look at the superstar daughter of Street Cry a fortnight back when Winx overcame a missed kick to come from last to first in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m).

The gun six-year-old gets earmuffs on for the first time second-up on Saturday at Royal Randwick when she looks to extend her exciting winning streak to 19 straight in the Group 2 $250,000 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m).

Her mile record is near flawless with six wins and a second from seven previous attempts at the Chelmsford Stakes distance and Winx will start odds-on favourite in the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au this weekend.

Success will see her continue towards chasing down the 25 straight wins of Black Caviar, 19 victories to see her sit equal with former champs Gloaming and Desert Gold.

Waller is thrilled with how Winx came through the nail-biter in the Warwick Stakes and said she was tracking perfectly towards a third-up run in the Group 1 George Main Stakes on September 16 before heading south.

“I’m pleased to be running her on Saturday because it is about ticking all the boxes and making sure she is on song for the George Main,” Waller told The Daily Telegraph this week.

“She will wear earmuffs and with them on it should ensure she jumps on terms with them.

“I want to run her in the Chelmsford so she does everything 100 per cent and that will give her confidence going into the spring.”

Despite the inclusion of the dual Cox Plate champion, the Chelmsford Stakes nominations attracted 16 early entries on Monday.

Waller is behind eight of the hopefuls including gun four-year-old Foxwedge mare Foxplay who looked the upset winner until the closing stages of the Warwick Stakes last time out.

Foxplay finished runner-up as an $18 roughie behind her star stablemate on August 19 and despite being nominated for a rematch on Saturday, will not be accepted into the Chelmsford Stakes field.

“Foxplay had a very hard run that day so I will either run her in the Tramway Stakes on Saturday or wait another week with her,” Waller explained.

Among Waller’s other possible Chelmsford Stakes contenders are a host of staying types including Sydney and Melbourne Cup placegetter Who Shot Thebarman, the veteran nine-year-old racing for the first time since his Sydney Cup second over two miles in April.

Waller’s contingent also includes the likes of Tom Melbourne and 2017 The Metropolitan-bound Shocking gelding Antonio Giuseppe who comes off a Warwick Stakes fifth beaten five lengths first-up.

Outside of the dominant Waller clan other key Chelmsford Stakes nominations this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival include returning Brisbane Cup winner Chocante, the Lindsay Park-trained He’s Our Rokkii coming off a PB Lawrence Stakes fourth in Melbourne behind Hartnell and Kris Lees’ Doomben Cup champ Sense Of Occasion.

To back Winx to win the Chelmsford Stakes 2017 at the right price this weekend head to Ladbrokes.com.au now.

2017 Chelmsford Stakes Nominations at Royal Randwick Racecourse – 02/09/2017

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x5543321x8 ALLERGIC G 6 James Cummings 106
2 112x1240x5 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 103
3 121x37301x CHOCANTE (NZ) G 5 Stephen Marsh 101
4 14x24141x2 FOXPLAY M 4 Chris Waller 112
5 1212652×57 HARPER’S CHOICE H 4 Gerald Ryan 89
6 110x8747x4 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 107
7 1x027530x0 LASQUETI SPIRIT M 4 Lee Curtis 102
8 112x8746Px LIBRAN (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 107
9 1841x122x2 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 92
10 13311255×4 RED EXCITEMENT G 8 Gerald Ryan 108
11 3x1412x3x5 SARRASIN (GB) H 6 Chris Waller 98
12 4x12x3361x SENSE OF OCCASION G 7 Kris Lees 113
13 223x6905x2 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 98
14 7255x3642x WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 9 Chris Waller 108
15 111x1111x1 WINX M 6 Chris Waller 132
16 560x2612x7 ZANBAGH M 7 John P Thompson 108

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