12:25 PM (AEDST) Saturday, March 3 at Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
Group racing will take place this Saturday at Royal Randwick, including a pair of Group 1 races; The Chipping Norton Stakes and the Surround Stakes.
Race 1 – TAB Highway Plate (1600 metres)
Race 2 – The Tahiti Travel Connection Handicap (2000 metres)
Race 3 – Schweppes Skyline Stakes (1200 metres)
Race 4 – Chandon’s Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200 metres)
Race 5 – Liverpool City Cup (1300 metres)
Race 6 – TAB Chipping Norton Stakes (1600 metres)
Race 7 – James Boag’s Premium Surround Stakes (1400 metres)
Race 8 – Guy Walter Proven Thoroughbreds Stakes (1400 metres)
Race 9 – Championship Hospitality Handicap (1200 metres)
Race 6 – TAB Chipping Norton Stakes – This first Group 1 horse race of the meet will see a total of $600,000 in prize money up for grabs. Champion mare Winx makes her long awaited return after a 4 month spell. Is on a run of 22 straight wins and has now won 15 Group 1 races. Her last race saw her pick up a tight victory in the Cox Plate. She has won all of her last 7 first up starts and has a magnificent record over this distance and on this track. Hard to see her losing here. Prized Icon will be third up here and has placed third up twice previously. His two runs of this campaign have been very solid, with him finishing within a length of the winner both times. Stampede looks capable here, where he’ll be second up and has had 2 wins and a place in his three second up starts prior. Expect a bold run in this.
Betting: Winx $1.08; Prized Icon $14.00; Stampede $17.00; Classic Uniform $34.00; Libran $51.00; Vinland $61.00; Jemadar $81.00; Lasqueti Spirit $91.00; Who Shot Thebarman $126.00.