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Winx on track for racetrack return on February 11

Tue, Jan 31, 12:29pm by Senior Writer

Australia’s best racehorse Winx has tuned up for her return to the racetrack with a third place in a trial at Rosehill on Tuesday.

Winx is on an extraordinary run of 13 straight victories, including both the 2015 and 2016 Cox Plates, Australia’s best weight-for-age race.

She will look to continue that record when she resumes over 1400 metres in the Apollo Stakes on February 11 at Randwick.
WATCH: Winx’s trail at Rosehill

And trainer Chris Waller is entirely satisfied with her build up which has included two trials, both of which she has finished third in.

Winx has not won any of her past 14 trials despite plotting an unbeaten run when she actually gets to raceday.

On Tuesday, she settled at the rear of the field over 1000 metres and worked home well in a nine-horse field with jockey Hugh Bowman keeping a firm hold.

Waller has plotted four runs for Winx this autumn, with plans for her to progress from the Apollo to the Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm on February 25 and then to the George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill on March 18.

At this stage the plans are for the campaign to culminate with Sydney’s richest event, the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on April 8.

Winx is currently $1.80 favourite to win the Queen Elizabeth, with Hartnell, the horse she easily beat in the Cox Plate, second pick at $11.

Sportsbet are also offering a market for Winx to go through 2017 unbeaten in at least six runs, with one of them needing to be the Cox Plate.

The odds of that are priced at $4.60, with the odds of a third Cox Plate, something only ever achieved once before, by Kingston Town, priced at $2.50.

Winx is currently rated the best race mare in the world as well as the best turf horse, with a mark of 132.

Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sportsbet)
Winx $1.80
Hartnell $11
Omei Sword $15
The United States $15
Comin Through $26
Divine Prophet $26
Black Heart Bart $26
Jameka $26
Bondi Beach $26
Prized Icon $26
Sacred Elixir $26
Tosen Stardom $26
Our Ivanhowe $26
Sir Isaac Newton $26
Exospheric $26
Otehrs: $31 or longer

Golden Slipper (Sportsbet)
Houtzen $6
She Will Reign $7
Khan $11
Menari $11
Chauffeur $11
Trekking $15
Jorda $15
Invincible Star $15
Madeenaty $15
Condor Heroes $21
From Within $21
Pariah $21
Snitzkraft $21
Others $26 or longer
Doncaster Mile (Sportsbet)
Omei Sword $8
Hauraki $10
Comin Through $11
Divine Prophet $11
Le Romain $13
Impending $13
Hes Our Rokkii $13
Scales Of Justice $15
Mackintosh $15
Good Standing $15
Seaburge $15
Mccreery $15
Fabrizio $17
Black Heart Bart $17
Mortons Fork $17
Others $21 or longer

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