Winx looks set to add to her incredible Group 1 tally in the Doncaster
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Preview: Australia, Saturday
Randwick: The Doncaster Mile (Group 1) 1m, 3yo+
WINX will shoulder the expectations not only of Australia’s betting public but also the organisers of the Championships, which are spread across the next two Saturdays at Royal Randwick in Sydney.
The Championships lost their only challenger from outside Australasia yesterday when the Yasutoshi Ikee-trained Tosen Stardom, who was scheduled to take on Winx in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes a week from tomorrow, received a three-month ban from Racing New South Wales stewards after being found to have bled during exercise on Tuesday.
Winx has racked up five Group 1 successes in a winning streak of eight and will start at cramped odds to extend that sequence tomorrow in the Doncaster Mile, one of four top-level races on the Randwick card.
A fortnight ago at Rosehill the daughter of Street Cry was a length and a half too good for her re-opposing stablemate Kermedac – who landed this race 12 months ago – and trainer Chris Waller was in no mood to quel expectations when he told AAP: “Her track work over the last two weeks since racing has been faultless, possibly even the best of her work she’s ever shown according to her track riders this week.
“Although she’s giving away a lot of weight to some very good horses my confidence levels are still very high.”
The first 2,000 arrivals at Randwick will receive a Winx baseball cap, another sign of how much the Australian Turf Club is banking on further success for the country’s latest equine darling.
The card also features the Darley TJ Smith Stakes, where the three-year-old Exosphere is favoured by local bookmakers to take his revenge over Lightning Stakes conqueror Chautauqua
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