Chris Waller’s glamour mare Winx headlines the nominations for the 2016 Group 1 $600,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.
The 2015 Cox Plate winner was quickly back to her best with an effortless first up win in the Group 2 $250,000 Optus Business Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on February 13, taking her winning run to six on the trot.
Included in her last six wins were the Group 1 $500,000 Treasury Casino & Hotel Queensland Oaks (2200m) at Doomben during the Brisbane Winter Carnival, the Group 1 $1m The Star 150th Epsom (1600m) at Randwick and the Group 1 $3m Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley during the Spring Carnival.
As usual, Waller has dominated the fifteen Chipping Norton Stakes nominations and as well as Winx, the champion trainer has entered five times Group 1 winner Boban, last year’s Sydney Cup winner Grand Marshall, Victoria Derby winner Preferement, Melbourne Cup placegetter Who Shot Thebarman and English Group 2 winner Storm The Stars.
Winx’s main Sydney Autumn Carnival goal is the Group 1 $4m Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on April 9, day two of ‘The Championships’, and Waller is keen to see the Street Cry mare continue on her winning way.
“Every race is important now and the Queen Elizabeth is the bonus because of the big prizemoney,” Waller said.
“Every race will be taken very seriously and I would say that it will be a Group 1 next start that she is running in and hopefully she can get that.”
The powerful Godolphin team prepared by John O’Shea has entered three for the Chipping Norton Stakes, English imports Hartnell and Magic Hurricane and the up and coming Hauraki.
Hartnell was the winner of the Group 1 $1.5m The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill during the 2015 Sydney Autumn Carnival while Magic Hurricane was able to claim the Group 1 $750,000 McGrath Estate Agents Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick during the Spring.
Kiwi trainer Murray Baker has nominated his star stayer Mongolian Khan who will be resuming since suffering a severe attack of colic which surfaced following his win in the 2015 Group 1 $3m BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield.
Mongolian Khan was forced to miss the Group 1 $6m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington, but Baker is confident he has fully recovered and pleased the stable in a Matamata barrier trial on February 9.
Dibayani is the only entry from the Lindsay Park Team of David Hayes and Tom Dabernig and the Irish import has had the benefit of one run back from a spell for a fourth to Winx in the Apollo Stakes.
Early market order for the Chipping Norton Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au: $1.55 Winx, $6 Hartnell, $9 Boban, $13 Mongolian Khan, $15 Hauraki, $17 Dibayani, $21 Bull Point, Storm The Stars, $31 Magic Hurricane, $51 Preferment, $67 Centre Pivot, $81 Messene, $101 Grand Marshall, Gust Of Wind, Who Shot Thebarman.