SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 10: Chautauqua during a trackwork session at Rosehill Gardens on October 10, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 10: Chautauqua during a trackwork session at Rosehill Gardens on October 10, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

Winx can equal Caviar record this autumn

CHAMPION Winx can break a world record next start and then equal Black Caviar's all-time winning streak in Sydney this autumn carnival.

The mighty mare proved she was still at her dominant best in her Chipping Norton Stakes return at Randwick last Saturday and there doesn't seem to be a challenger to her absolute superiority on the horizon.

This means Winx should claim a world record 17th Group 1 win when she races next in the $1 million George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 24.

Then the stars (and statistics) would be aligned for Winx to equal Black Caviar's 25 wins in succession in the richest race of the Sydney autumn carnival, the Group 1 $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on Day Two of The Championships, April 14.

There is a real symmetry about Winx going to 25 wins on the same grand stage where Black Caviar ended her unbeaten career with a memorable T.J. Smith Stakes triumph at Randwick five years ago.

One-horse race? Not quite, but it certainly appeared like it when Winx exploded away from her rivals to win effortlessly by seven lengths. Picture: AAP
One-horse race? Not quite, but it certainly appeared like it when Winx exploded away from her rivals to win effortlessly by seven lengths. Picture: AAP

But trainer Chris Waller is keeping the status quo and maintaining Winx's race program hasn't been determined beyond the George Ryder.

Waller's choices after the Ryder, presuming Winx wins, is the Queen Elizabeth Stakes or a trip to England to race at famous Royal Ascot.

It is even possible Winx could do both - race in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and then go to Royal Ascot.

A Queen Elizabeth Stakes start will only be Winx's third start for the autumn carnival which isn't a taxing race campaign if the mare's connections do decide to take her overseas.

It’s showtime: Hugh Bowman and Winx emerge from the Randwick tunnel before her incredible Chipping Norton Stakes victory. Picture: Getty Images
It’s showtime: Hugh Bowman and Winx emerge from the Randwick tunnel before her incredible Chipping Norton Stakes victory. Picture: Getty Images


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