If there was a chance that Winx would be vulnerable at her first-up appearance in the Apollo Stakes, she soon put that idea to rest when she ambled up to the leaders in the straight and put them away with the space of 100m, going on to secure a three length victory. That made it 14 straight career victories for the wonder mare and another win here will make it 10 Group 1 wins in her career. A year older, she comes into this race on the same preparation as when successful in 2016, winning the Apollo Stakes leading into the Chipping Norton. UBET customers will benefit with the Apollo Stakes being a commission free race on tote markets. That means there is no tote takeout for win and place bets. Can she be beaten? Most likely not.
He has met Winx 5 times under race conditions, finishing 5th to the wonder mare the first two times they met. The last three times he has become accustomed to checking out her backside, finishing 2nd to the great mare in the Warwick Stakes, the Cox Plate and here at Randwick last start in the Apollo Stakes. His run in the Apollo was strong, considering the 1400m first-up was potentially an obstacle for the rest of his prep, yet he worked home strongly to easily account for the rest of the field with ease. He gets out to the mile here where he will be much better suited and is a three time winner, including here last campaign when winning second-up in the G2 Chelmsford.
With Winx unbackable (although it is better than bank interest), the value option looks to be by playing the exotics and trifecta or exacta options could be the key to finding value. Endless Drama was first-up in the Apollo last start and worked home well to finish in 3rd behind Winx and Hartnell. The Irish import came to Australia last Spring and had just one start in the Mackinnon Stakes when he raced on the pace but faded out to be 5.5 lengths from the winner Awesome Rock. The entire was left in Australia with the Chris Waller barn and trialled twice to sharpen for his race return, trialling well behind Music Magnate and Strawberry Boy. If Winx and Hartnell appear the 1-2 in this race, the way he finished off the closing stages of the Apollo suggests the step up to 1600m here will suit.
The Chipping Norton Stakes is the first Group 1 of the Sydney Autumn Carnival and has traditionally been held at Warwick Farm. The race will again be held at Randwick after being held there in 2016. The race is a 1600m event held under weight-for-age conditions.
It is a race that dates back to 1925, was raised to Group 2 in 1980 and attained G1 status in 1986. The 2017 winner will receive a ballot exemption for both the Doncaster Handicap and the Sydney Cup.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2017 is $600,000 with the winner to receive $348,000. The 2016 winner was the Chris Waller trained Winx, ridden by Chris Waller. Other past winners include Lonhro, Grand Armee, Emancipation, Tulloch, the dual winners Shoot Out, Super Impose, Apollo Eleven and the four-time winning Tie The Knot
The Chipping Norton Stakes forms a part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.
|Chipping Norton Stakes Guide|
|Date:||Saturday 25th February 2017|
|Race Time:||15:30 AEST|
|Distance 1600 metres||GR 1|
|Race Type||Weight for Age 3YO & Upwards|
|2017 Chipping Norton Stakes Odds|
The Chipping Norton Stakes is a Group 1 race held at the Warwick Farm Racecourse. Taking place during Chipping Norton Stakes Day, it is not only the first Group 1 race for the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, but also the first one for the year. Raced under weight-for-age conditions over a distance of 1600m, the feature event favours better quality gallopers. First introduced as a Listed Race in 1925, it became a Group 2 in 1980, before finally reaching Group 1 status in 1986. Some notable horses have taken out the Chipping Norton in the past including Tie the Knot, who won the race four years in a row (1999 – 2002) and Shoot Out who was successful in 2012 and 2013.
Other champions of the turf to win this event include Phar Lap (1930), Lough Neagh (1933,1936,1937), Bernborough (1946), Tulloch (1958 & 1960), Rain Lover (1969), Emancipation (1984), Super Impose (1991 & 1992), Octagonal (1997) and Lonhro (2003).
|2016||WINX||HUGH BOWMAN||CHRIS WALLER||01:33.9|
|2015||CONTRIBUTER||JAMES MCDONALD||JOHN O'SHEA||01:36.5|
|2014||BOBAN||GLYN SCHOFIELD||CHRIS WALLER||01.38.1|
|2013||SHOOT OUT||HUGH BOWMAN||CHRIS WALLER||01.35.8|
|2012||SHOOT OUT||HUGH BOWMAN||CHRIS WALLER||01.37.4|
|2011||DANLIEGH||HUGH BOWMAN||CHRIS WALLER||01.35.7|
|2010||THESEO||NASH RAWILLER||GAI WATERHOUSE||01.37.4|
|2009||TUESDAY JOY||COREY BROWN||GAI WATERHOUSE||01.34.8|
|2008||CASINO PRINCE||DAMIEN OLIVER||ANTHONY CUMMINGS||01.36.4|
|2007||HE’S NO PIE EATER||ZAC PURTON||GRAEME ROGERSON||01.37.6|
|2006||DESERT WAR||LARRY CASSIDY||GAI WATERHOUSE||01.36.3|