‘Equine traffic’ Winx’s main danger in Apollo Stakes
Happy Clapper’s trainer will be satisfied with a second placing, Le Romain won’t be there, Aloisia is taking up the challenge and then there is her stablemates – all nine of them.
This sums up the likely opposition to mighty mare Winx when she begins her final race campaign in the Group 2 $250,000 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Winx’s trainer, Chris Waller has another nine horses nominated for the race – Brimham Rocks, Egg Tart, Endless Drama, McCreery, Noire, Patrick Erin, Performer, Tom Melbourne and Unforgotten.
How many of her stablemates actually take their place in the final field for the weight-for-age feature is unclear but with “equine traffic” Winx’s main danger, it is doubtful the Waller stable will have 10 starters.
Winx is chasing her 30th consecutive win on Saturday with TAB Fixed Odds price assessors rating her a near-certainty at $1.12 in early betting.
Her prohibitive odds hasn’t prevented one punter from placing a $40,000 wager on her to extend her winning streak.
Happy Clapper has finished behind Winx in eight previous clashes and his trainer Pat Webster isn’t about to predict a different result when Sydney’s two most popular racehorses clash again on Saturday.
“I’m not happy to have to take on Winx, I’m never happy having to go up against her but ‘The Clapper’ does run well at Randwick and we have to start somewhere,’’ Webster said.