Dual Cox Plate winner Winx hasn’t scared away her rivals and is one for sixteen horses nominated for the Group 2 $250,000 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Winx, above, is among the nominations for the 2017 Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Winx, above, is among the nominations for the 2017 Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Winx plus seven of her Chris Waller trained stablemates make up half the nominations while the Kris Lees trained Doomben Cup winner Sense Of Occasion heads up the remainder of the entries.

Winx began her chase for a third win in the Group 1 $3m Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley on October 28 with a skinny first up win in the Group 2 $250,000 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on August 19.

The champion mare who will be trying to win her nineteenth win in a row this weekend, blew the start in the Warwick Stakes and after being several lengths behind the second last horse in the early stages was able to run down her stablemate Foxplay to record a head win which was a giant relief to her trainer, jockey Hugh Bowman and the entire Australian racing community.

Waller has reacted by adding a pair of earmuffs to Winx’s race day gear and hopes that will help her concentrate in the barriers for the Chelmsford Stakes and see her leave the gates cleanly.

“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,” Waller told The Daily Telegraph this week.

“She will wear earmuffs and with them on it should ensure she jumps on terms with them.

“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.”

Foxplay is among the rest of Waller’s seven Chelmsford Stakes nominations but is unlikely to come up against Winx again this week.

The Foxwedge mare is also nominated for the Group 2 $200,000 Tramway Stakes (1400m) at Randwick and the Group 1 $1m Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday but the master trainer is also contemplating keeping her at home for another week and running her in the Group 2 $200,000 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill.

Waller’s other Chelmsford Stakes nominations are Antonio Giuseppe, Libran, Life Less Ordinary, Sarrasin, Tom Melbourne and Who Shot Thebarman.

New Zealander Chocante has been nominated for the weight for age Chelmsford Stakes and if Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh decides to cross the Tasman again, the five year old gelding will be having his first run back since winning the Group 2 $300,000 Evergreen Turf Brisbane Cup (2200m) at Doomben on June 10.

Final acceptances for the 2017 Chelmsford Stakes will be taken on Wednesday morning, August 30.

Nominations for the 2017 Chelmsford Stakes

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x5543321x8 ALLERGIC G 6 James Cummings 106
2 112x1240x5 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 103
3 121x37301x CHOCANTE (NZ) G 5 Stephen Marsh 101
4 14x24141x2 FOXPLAY M 4 Chris Waller 112
5 1212652×57 HARPER’S CHOICE H 4 Gerald Ryan 89
6 110x8747x4 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 107
7 1x027530x0 LASQUETI SPIRIT M 4 Lee Curtis 102
8 112x8746Px LIBRAN (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 107
9 1841x122x2 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 92
10 13311255×4 RED EXCITEMENT G 8 Gerald Ryan 108
11 3x1412x3x5 SARRASIN (GB) H 6 Chris Waller 98
12 4x12x3361x SENSE OF OCCASION G 7 Kris Lees 113
13 223x6905x2 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 98
14 7255x3642x WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 9 Chris Waller 108
15 111x1111x1 WINX M 6 Chris Waller 132
16 560x2612x7 ZANBAGH M 7 John P Thompson 108

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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