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There is little doubt about Saturday’s Chelmsford Stakes 2017 results and the fact the Chris Waller-trained mare Winx will reign supreme, but which of her rivals will fill the placings at Randwick?
Last time out the six-year-old gave the punters a thrill ride, coming from last after missing the jump to get home first in her resuming run in the Warwick Stakes.
This weekend sees the daughter of Street Cry look to extend her winning streak to 19 on the trot when she jumps odds-on favourite in the Group 2 $250,000 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m).
Up to a mile, Winx faces 11 rivals, more than she has in her past four starts.
She may have been anxious and slow out of the barriers a fortnight ago, but Waller and her hoop Hugh Bowman are both confident it was a one-off.
“She seems to have come through it well,” Bowman said on Thursday.
“Her mannerisms immediately after the race, I thought she felt more comfortable than she did at her first-up run last prep.
“From where I am sitting, she’s in great shape.”
The bookies agree and Winx leads the latest Chelmsford Stakes odds at $1.09 for the win at Ladbrokes.com.au.
With nothing to suggest the glamour mare and $13 million earner is going anything other than fantastic, the question just remains what runners finish in the money behind her on Saturday?
Kris Lees’ returning Doomben Cup winner Sense Of Occasion ($19) and the Gerald Ryan-trained Warwick Stakes fourth placegetter Red Excitement ($26) are the preferred placegetters looking at the Chelmsford Stakes betting markets, but do the bookies have the order of the odds spot on?
#11 Winx ($1.09)
Winx will win. The odds are prohibitive but she’s a genuine turf champion against a field of good horses. Don’t mistake the Warwick Stakes for anything other than first-up nerves. She’ll be even away with ear muffs going on, up to 1600m (7-6-1-0), Bowman confident, pet track, second-up (7-5-1-0) and fitter for her earlier run. There’s nothing not to like about the dual Cox Plate champ especially after the gun barrier three draw. The Warwick Stakes last-to-first effort would have drawn the energy of anything other than a freakishly talented galloper. Luckily for connections, Winx is that freak.
#3 Who Shot Thebarman ($81)
There are plenty of genuine place chances racing for second, but $81 for Waller’s Spring Cups bound champion? Yes please! Who Shot Thebarman is a Melbourne Cup placegetter so no denying the further he gets the better he’ll go. He is a nine-year-old now, but his Sydney Cup second last start in the autumn suggested he’s not slowing down just yet. A mile is short of his best, but he’s still got a decent strike rate over the metres (9-2-1-1) and first-up last time in he was third to Winx in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at this track and distance. Going the value.
#1 Sense Of Occasion ($19)
The only other horse outside of Winx that the punters are having a go at. Plenty of nice form for another place behind Winx after he finished third to her in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in April. Subsequently won the Doomben Cup in the mud in Brisbane and is trialling well. Goes well fresh (8-3-0-1) and the mile when resuming looks ideal (5-1-2-2) as he is yet to finish out of the money over the distance.
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