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Champion mare Winx heads up the final field for the 2019 Group 1 $600,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.
The Chris Waller trained Winx is one of seven runners in the weight for age Chipping Norton Stakes which includes five of her stablemates plus the Pat Webster trained multiple Group 1 winner Happy Clapper.
Winx has drawn barrier four with Hugh Bowman in the saddle again while Happy Clapper will jump from the gate to her inside with Blake Shinn taking over the reins from Sam Clipperton.
Winx’s stablemates that will make up the field are Patrick Erin (Corey Brown, barrier 2), Libran (Glyn Schofield, 6), Brimham Rocks (Tommy Berry, 7), Egg Tart (Brenton Avdulla, 5) and Unforgotten (Kerrin McEvoy, 1).
Winx is the crowd puller as she attempts to win her thirty-first race in succession and Webster can’t see his charge Happy Clapper turning the tables after running a brave second to the super star mare in the Group 2 $250,000 The Star Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on February 16.
“He came through the Apollo Stakes well and hopefully he can run second to Winx again. He can’t beat her on what she showed in the Apollo,” Webster told AAP.
“If he runs second he is on target for other races including the All-Star Mile.”
Winx is the winner of the last three runnings of the Chipping Norton Stakes and is marked at $1.08 at Ladbrokes.com.au to make it four on the trot while Happy Clapper is on the second line of betting at $7.
Final field for the 2019 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m)
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||x1213x75x2||HAPPY CLAPPER||Patrick Webster||Blake Shinn||3||59kg||118|
|2||4656x641x4||PATRICK ERIN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Corey Brown||2||59kg||106|
|3||0x8378338x||LIBRAN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||6||59kg||104|
|4||2x332222x8||BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB)||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||7||59kg||103|
|5||111x1111x1||WINX||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||4||57kg||132|
|6||21x53330x3||EGG TART||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||5||57kg||107|
|7||121x6138x5||UNFORGOTTEN||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||1||57kg||107|
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