ONE TAB punter in Australia has placed $108,000 on Winx to win the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes at Royal Randwick in Sydney on Saturday.
He will collect a profit of just $6480 on the mighty mare if she can extend her winning streak to 23 in this much-anticipated comeback run. The previous biggest TAB wager on Winx was $106,500 before she won her third Cox Plate last year.
“It doesn’t matter what price she is, the punters just want to be on her to win, similar to the days of Black Caviar,” said TAB’s Gerard Middleton.
Trainer Chris Waller and jockey Hugh Bowman are convinced Winx is fit and ready to continue her long winning streak.
Waller said Winx is forward enough in condition to run a solid 1600m first-up in the Chipping Norton Stakes.
“We have given Winx three barrier trials to have her ready for this race,’’ Waller said.
“I don’t think we could have done any more — the hardest part is the waiting.”
Bowman offered: “Winx just needs someone to steer her and that’s what I do – jump on and point her in the right direction,’’ he said. “Winx is happy in her work and her action feels great.
If Winx does win her third successive Chipping Norton Stakes on Saturday, it will be her 16th win at Group1 level, breaking a deadlock with Black Caviar and equalling the world record for most major race wins set by US champion John Henry more than 30 years ago. – extracts from Daily Telegraph.