Tue, Feb 7, 11:42am by Senior Writer
Winx is priced at $1.20 to stretch her amazing winning streak to 14 when she returns to the track in Saturday’s Apollo Stakes at Randwick.
The superstar mare, currently the highest-rated horse in the world on turf, embarks on her autumn campaign this week in the 1400m Group 2 event.
Seventeen nominations were taken for the race with a maximum field of 13 runners (plus four emergencies) to run. Included among the nominations are the horse she beat home in last year’s Cox Plate, Hartnell, as well as Caulfield Guineas winner Divine Prophet, Thousand Guineas winner Global Glamour and Crown Oaks winner Lasqueti Spirit.
While much of the focus will be on Winx this weekend, Caulfield in Melbourne hosts the first Group One race of the year, the CF Orr Stakes.
That looms as a much better betting affair, with Malaguerra and Black Heart Bart currently $3.60 equal favourites.
Malaguerra, who won the feature sprint of the spring, the Darley Classic at Flemington, resumed with a dominant win of the Group 2 Australia Stakes last start with Black Heart Bart finishing second.
Caulfield’s meeting also features to two Blue Diamond Preludes, the lead-ups to Victoria’s richest two-year-old race on February 26.
In terms of the overall Blue Diamond market, Jukebox is the $6 equal favourite with Formality, but that market will change significantly after Saturday’s racing.
Some additional intrigue has been added to the Rubiton Stakes (1100m) by the appearance of Chautauqua among the nominations.
The champion grey sprinter was below par during the spring but returns to the track as a $2.20 favourite in what looks a very winnable race. Chautauqua’s only previous start at Caulfield was a win in this race two years ago.
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