Winx to race for history, possibly at shortest price yet

Photo: Steve Hart

In addition to running for a world record 20th Grade or Group 1 race, plus 27 straight victories overall, the great Australian mare Winx will look for an unprecedented third win Saturday in the George Main Stakes, now known as the Colgate Optic White.

And it appears everyone else is running for second.

Winx dropped from $1.15 to $1.10 after the field of eight was declared, with four of those rivals her Chris Waller-trained stablemates. So far, reports book maker TAB, 99.33 percent of wagers are on Winx.

“The shortest price Winx has jumped with TAB was in this race in 2016 at $1.08,” TAB’s Gerard Middleton said. “She could well eclipse that this week.”

Beyond the George Main, Winx is expected to point for the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes, which she won by a record 6 1/2 lengths a year ago, on Oct. 6 at Flemington.

The ultimate goal is a run at a the Group 1 Cox Plate, a race Winx has won a record-tying three straight years. A fourth would exceed her mark, and also that of Kingston Town, who won the Moonee Valley feature from 1980-1982.

Winx is expected to go into those final two spots with her streak in tact. As David Payne, who trains George Main rival Ace High, told Australia’s Daily Telegraph,

They could only beat her if she fell down.”


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