Winx stays on schedule
Trainer Chris Waller says the switching of the Apollo Stakes meeting to Monday, will have no impact on Winx's autumn carnival campaign.
Extreme heat forced Saturday's meeting at Royal Randwick to be postponed for 48 hours, but Waller moved quickly to deny it was a problem for his super mare.
If she did not get a run in the Apollo Stakes then we would have had to miss the Chipping Norton Stakes.Chris Waller
"It won't be an issue for Winx's preparation," Waller said. "She was ready to race (Saturday) but now we just tread water until (Monday)."
Entry to Randwick is free on Monday and with Winx only due to race at 5.40pm, it gives fans the chance to watch the champion mare in action straight from leaving work, and Waller is just relieved the meeting still goes ahead, albeit two days late.
"If she did not get a run in the Apollo Stakes then we would have had to miss the Chipping Norton Stakes,'' Waller added.
"We would have still gone through the George Ryder into the Queen Elizabeth Stakes but now we can go ahead with her autumn program as we had planned."
Waller is using Monday's race to ready Winx for three successive Group 1 events to round out her autumn program.
Waller confirmed Winx will go next to the $600,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on 28th February, then the $1million George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on 18th March before the $4million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on 8th April.
Winx is 4/25 to win at Randwick on Monday with Hartnell priced at 10/1.
Meanwhile, Houtzen is 7/1 on a win and each way bet to win the Golden Slipper next month.
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