SYDNEY’S mighty mare Winx can continue to close on the great Black Caviar’s record winning streak when she contests the Group 2 $250,000 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Winx will be chasing her 19th win in succession in the Chelmsford and, if successful, will move into equal second alongside Gloaming and Desert Gold on the all-time list.
Black Caviar remains the benchmark with her undefeated 25-start career.
Trainer Chris Waller said the mare has come through her amazing comeback win in the Warwick Stakes in such good order he needs to run her in the Chelmsford Stakes.
“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 Stakes (September 16),’’ Waller said.
“She will wear earmuffs and with them on it should ensure she jumps on terms with them.’’
Waller did indicate he wants to give Winx four Sydney runs this spring. The race he is likely to miss is the Hill Stakes at Royal Randwick on Epsom Day, September 30.
“This year is different to others as Sydney’s spring is a little earlier and Melbourne’s a bit later,’’ Waller said.
“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.
“I’m not willing to miss the George Main as that is a Group 1, which is very important to us, so that means she may have to go four weeks into the Craven Plate or the Caulfield Stakes on October 14. I’m leaning to the Craven Plate.”
Waller will also start stayers Antonio Giuseppe, Who Shot Thebarman and Sarrasin in the Chelmsford but not Foxplay, who was second to Winx in the Warwick Stakes.
“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 said.
Sydney’s young blood runs deep
SYDNEY has such a deep pool of three-year-old talent that the $1 million Golden Rose could be the race of the spring.
Both age group races at Rosehill on Saturday were full of quality and Pariah was the headline act with his San Domenico Stakes win.
Pariah, a son of Redoute’s Choice, has pedigree, physique and the racetrack performance to match. He was exceptional in the San Domenico Stakes but so, too, was fast-finishing runner-up Chauffeur.
Pariah and Chauffeur will be better suited when they get out over further to the 1400m of the Golden Rose.
Even the run of minor placegetter, the Godolphin filly Jorda, was very good and all three look set to be major players in the feature three-year-old races this spring.
Minor placegetter Astoria also can’t be underestimated and fourth-placed Mahalangur could be the big improver.
These results came after the exciting Menari ran down Siege Of Quebec and Trekking in The Rosebud this month.
AT THE TRACK: WALLER CHANGES GEAR WITH WINX
Youngsters setting the pace
THE fastest closing sectional of the Rosehill meeting was also produced by a three-year-old — but it came from Marsupial first-up against older horses first-up in the Benchmark 78 Handicap (1100m).
Marsupial ran his last 600m in 33.13sec, when second to Tango Rain. Pariah came home in 33.21sec, Chauffeur in 33.15sec and Assimilate 33.38sec.
Share of the spoils
TO emphasise how good the Sydney three-year-olds are, the smart Overshare came off a competitive fourth to Menari in The Rosebud to score a comfortable win in the Listed Mitchell McKenzie Stakes at Moonee Valley last Saturday.
It was an astute piece of placement by Team Hawkes but the real question is how did the Melbourne bookies bet $12 about Overshare?
Pursuit continues for international flavour
ATC officials haven’t given up on having some international competition in Sydney for the $10 million The Everest and are in discussions with the connections of Marsha, a last-stride winner of the Nunthorpe Stakes in England over the weekend.
Marsha is a top-class sprinting mare and followed her Royal Ascot placing to beat America’s superstar filly Lady Aurelia in the last stride in the Group 1 sprint at York.
There is also the very real likelihood that an Irish stayer could be Sydney-bound for the ATC St Leger on Everest Day.
Cup on agenda for Arbeitsam
SYDNEY’S iron horse Arbeitsam has come through his Hawkesbury Rowley Mile win in good order and is likely to back up in the Wyong Gold Cup this Friday.
Trainer Adrian Bott said Arbeitsam continues to hold his form and condition and will be given his chance over 2100m at Wyong before going for a spell.
King Viv, luckless in the Premier’s Cup, will also back up in the Wyong Cup.
Almandin in terrific comeback for Cup defence
ALMANDIN began his Melbourne Cup defence with a very good second to Pacodali over 2040m at Moonee Valley.
It was Almandin’s first run since his Cup triumph last November and his effort to shoulder 61kg and finish within a length of the race-fit winner was enough for bookies to promote him into outright Cup favouritism.
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