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A perfect day in Sydney is on the cards to keep Winx’s 2017 Spring Carnival campaign perfect as she chases her twentieth straight win in the Group 1 $500,000 Colgate Optic White Stakes (George Main Stakes) (1600m) at Randwick today.

Weather fine, track good for Winx, above, in the George Main Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Weather fine, track good for Winx, above, in the George Main Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Randwick track has been rated a Good 3 on race morning with a maximum temperature forecast of 23 degrees for the Harbour City.

Winx’s main Spring Carnival target is a third consecutive win in the  Group 1 $3m Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley on October 28, and her current campaign has deleivered two wins from two starts.

The Chris Waller trained super mare resumed from a spell to collar her stalemate Foxplay in the Group 2 $250,000 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on August 19 and then two weeks later had to chase hard to catch and pass tearaway leader Red Excitement to claim victory in the Group 2 $250,000 Tattersalls Club Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.

Winx will be facing seven opponents in the George Main Stakes following the scratching of her stablemate Tom Melbourne and will jump from the inside gate with Hugh Bowman in the saddle again.

Bowman has partnered Winx in several gallops since her last start win and the top jockey said that the mare had come through her tough run in the in the Chelmsford Stakes in fine style.

“She is very well,” Bowman said.

“She has come through her last run well.  Am very pleased with how she is feeling. She is bright and happy.”

“She is a little bit more relaxed now at this stage of her preparation which is encouraging for me, but that is pretty standard for her. Once that nervous energy starts to disappear from her as she gets into her preparation, her fitness levels increase and she is a bit more relaxed which is a good sign.”

Winx continues to dominate the betting for the George Main Stakes at $1.09 at Ladbrokes.com.au with her nearest rival the Pat Webster trained Happy Clapper at $13.

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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