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There has been a very slight drift on the Winx odds offered for the mighty mare’s first-up run in Sydney this afternoon with the 15-time Group 1 champion out to $1.09 in Chipping Norton Stakes 2018 betting.
Chris Waller’s brilliant daughter of Street Cry opened at $1.07 at the start of the week for her delayed autumn return in the Group 1 $600,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m).
It seems there could be a little bit of concern with some punters about how she will go first-up at a mile as she has eased out to $1.09, Chipping Norton Stakes odds that could only be considered “generous” when offered on Winx.
Drawn in gate six and taking on a mediocre field of eight rivals, Winx reunites with her regular rider Hugh Bowman whose earlier suspension forced the rethink over running her in the Apollo Stakes a fortnight back.
The lethal horse and hoop combination of Queen Winx and Bowman however are on show at Royal Randwick in Race 6 at 3:30pm (AEDT) today as the six-year-old mare chases her third straight win in the weight-for-age Chipping Norton Stakes.
She is first-up since the incredible Cox Plate three-peat at The Valley last October and Waller has been singing her praises all week, especially following her nice piece of work on Thursday.
Winx Odds: Market Movers
- $1.07 out to $1.09
The surprising Chipping Norton Stakes market mover meanwhile backed right in from $201 to $81 is also Waller-trained with veteran stayer Who Shot Thebarman.
Heading towards a fifth shot at the Group 1 $2 million Sydney Cup (3200m) on April 14, the nine-year-old continues to show a zest for racing and does have winning form over a mile and fresh.
Who Shot Thebarman races first-up after defeating stablemate Libran on Cox Plate Day in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m), but from 17 starts only has four minor placings at Royal Randwick.
Libran is also in the Chipping Norton Stakes for Waller, the rails-drawn stayer a $51 chance.
Following Winx in the markets meanwhile at $14 is Prized Icon, a dual Group 1 winner prepared by Kris Lees whose second-up run for a close fourth in the Apollo Stakes was eye-catching.
The only other foreseeable danger shapes-up as the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Stampede, the likely pacesetter steady at $17 in the Chipping Norton Stakes odds and looking to improve on a lead-up Apollo Stakes sixth.
Check out the latest Chipping Norton Stakes 2018 odds on Winx now at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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