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There is no denying a Winx win first-up in the 2018 Chipping Norton Stakes on Saturday but there is still a trifecta to tip to add a bit of value to the latest Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival Group 1.
Chris Waller’s dual defending champion and highest rated turf horse in the world marks new ground on the weekend racing first-up over a mile in the Group 1 $600,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick.
She has won the weight-for-age feature twice in as many years, but both times had the benefit of a lead-up in the Apollo Stakes.
The superstar daughter of Street Cry, out to become a 16-time Group 1 winner and surpass the record she currently co-holds with Black Caviar, missed that lead-up this year due to the dual careless riding suspension of Hugh Bowman.
Bowman is back in the saddle of the six-year-old in Saturday’s Chipping Norton Stakes field and while the missed run would be a danger for some horses, Winx is not just some horse.
She is the country’s highest ever earning racehorse and win number 23 on the trot will be hers on the weekend.
All the Chipping Norton Stakes statistics stack-up for the possibly Royal Ascot-bound mare including her superior record at Randwick (17:13-3-0) and the 1600m distance (9:8-1-0).
Earlier we published our comprehensive 2018 Chipping Norton Stakes: Winx Form & Betting Preview and that has helped us uncover the best rivals to back for the placings behind the mare.
#7 Winx ($1.09)
Nothing beats Winx in the Chipping Norton Stakes. Forget that she only just won first-up last campaign, she’s travelling perfectly this time in according to Waller and Bowman and they know this mare well. She missed the Apollo but had the simulated race on the same day instead and looked very good. Waller has won this race six times in the past seven years and Bowman has ridden five of the past seven winners. It is a trainer / jockey combo not to go past and Winx is the best horse not only in this race, but in the world on turf. Handles Soft, loves a mile, Randwick is her pet track. No chinks in her armour here.
#1 Classic Uniform ($34)
Nice value offered-up for Gary Moore’s Al Maher five-year-old to finish second to Winx here. He was second last in the Apollo Stakes, but can atone second-up fitter for the run and boasting a far better record two runs in (5:1-1-2). Loves Randwick and the step-up to a mile suits him much better (8:3-2-1). Another genuine Soft-tracker who will relish the give in the ground and enjoyed back-to-back Randwick Group wins in the spring. Was flat in the Apollo making up no late ground, but think he will be the genuine improver at a price.
#4 Prized Icon ($14)
Second favourite in the markets, this two-time Group 1 winner certainly has claims for a top three run third-up. Barrier four and Glyn Schofield are two ticks for the Kris Lees-trained entire who comes off the Apollo Stakes fourth. That race has been the superior form line into the Chipping Norton and Prized Icon was only a half-length beaten. Better getting out over a mile (4:2-1-0) and is two-from-three at this track / distance, plus has Soft track form.
Back Winx to win the Chipping Norton Stakes 2018 at the best autumn racing odds this weekend through Ladbrokes.com.au.
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