Winx appears to have Chipping Norton at her mercy

In Sydney on Saturday, the all-conquering Winx will again go through the motions to secure yet another major race victory.
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At unbackable odds, Winx appears  to have the group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes at her mercy, and will embark on an exercise gallop around Randwick to underline her dominance of world racing.

Shooting for three straight Cox Plates later in the year, Winx’s drawing power is also getting stronger with more than 6000 racing enthusiast’s getting to Randwick last Monday week, a working day in the Harbour City, to watch one of the world’s best race mares demolish the field in a group 1 event.

And with good weather at Randwick on Saturday the numbers are again sure to be strong.

Weight of numbers

Saturday’s meeting at Caulfield finds punters in an immediate quandary in races such as the Oakleigh Plate and Blue Diamond Stakes.

In both events it’s the case of the weight of numbers.  Australia’s two most accomplished stables have a number runners to sift through.

In the Blue Diamond Stakes, David Hayes has six runners and in the Oakleigh Plate, Darren Weir has four competitors.

While bookmakers lean to the Hayes’ family registering their ninth Blue Diamond Stakes success with Catchy, the lead-up performances of stablemate Tulip give that filly a compelling argument in Victoria’s most important two-year-old race.

In the Oakleigh Plate, Weir can find no fault with his veteran sprinter Flamberge, who is at the attractive odds of $16.00.

“He battled on well in the Lightning Stakes, he’s eaten well and was bouncing when he came off the track the other morning.

“His two runs in this time have been excellent,” Weir said.

Star turn

While Black Heart Bart is understandably all the rage in the group 1 Futurity Stakes, the former West Australian is poised to give the Weir stable another major race win.

And the stable also looks poised to win with the in-form Stratum Star in the Peter Young Stakes.

Stratum Star, one of the most improved horses in Australasia, will get the run of the race from gate three.

Silent progress

And those punters who burnt their fingers on the fast-finishing Silent Sedition two weeks ago at Caulfield should certainly follow up this week on the mare.

Silent Sedition was backed for a fortune but narrowly went down over 1200 metres but the extra 200 metres should be the telling difference.

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