Champion mare Winx returns for her second run this preparation in the Chipping Norton Stakes (1400m) at Randwick. When she won this race last year, it was her seventh consecutive win. If she wins on Saturday it will take her unbeaten run to 15 and Group 1 tally to 10. Hartnell will tackle the mare for the sixth time in his career and like he did last start in the Apollo Stakes, he will probably chase her home.
Jockey: Brenton Avdulla.
Why he can: Pity he’s a gelding otherwise he and Winx would be a match made in heaven. Winx has won the five races they have met and on three occasions the six-year-old has been the bridesmaid. Latest was when he resumed from a spell in the Apollo Stakes (1400m). It was a super run, but his arch-enemy is also in the race.
Why he can’t: The only reason he can’t win is Winx.
Jockey: Josh Parr.
Why he can: Will have taken improvement from first-up sixth to Winx in the Apollo Stakes. Has a good second-up record.
Why he can’t: Will find the pace too slick and is better suited when his races get beyond 1600m.
Jockey: Jason Collett.
Why he can: He has had three barrier trials in the lead-up to this race. Won the Moonee Valley Cup and then unplaced in Melbourne Cup before his spell.
Why he can’t: This distance is far too short.
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Jockey: Tim Clark.
Why he can: He is more suited to longer trips and it is hard to make a case for him.
Why he can’t: Resuming from a spell, poor first-up record and not won this track in 11 goes.
Jockey: Glyn Schofield.
Why he can: Imported six-year-old that resumed from a break in the Apollo Stakes (1400m) behind Winx. Before a spell he strung together three wins, including one at Group 2 level and was then second in the Sydney Cup.
Why he can’t: Yet another runner being prepared for longer races.
Jockey: Christian Reith.
Why he can: Received a pass mark for his first-up run behind Winx in the Apollo. Will be improved by the run and the 1400m is still a suitable distance at this stage of his preparation.
Why he can’t: Would need to stage a massive improvement to make up the 9.4 lengths he finished behind Winx last start.
Jockey: Tommy Berry.
Why he can: Lightly raced four-year-old resuming from a spell. He won the ATC Derby at this track as a three-year-old, but didn’t fire during the spring. No trials, but could race well fresh.
Why he can’t: Meeting tough opposition, but Winx and Hartnell aside this looks a nice race to resume in.
Jockey: Tye Angland.
Why he can: European import that ran very well when third behind stablemate Winx in the Apollo Stakes last start. He sat third most of the way, fought on well and should be improved by the run.
Why he can’t: He was beaten 6.8 lengths, so has a lot of improvement to make up.
Jockey: Hugh Bowman.
Why she can: She is simply the best in the world. Resumed from a spell and won the Apollo Stakes by 2.3 lengths and was basically untouched. She chases her 15th straight win here and meeting most of the opposition she destroyed last start.
Why she can’t: No reason.
Jockey: Jay Ford.
Why she can: Another that is very hard to make a case for over this journey. She did win the Victoria Oaks before a spell.
Why she can’t: This distance is too short and she was well beaten in the Apollo.
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