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Gear to Focus Champ

Tuesday, 29th August 2017

Trainer Chris Waller has confirmed that Winx will wear ear muffs on Saturday to ensure there is no repeat of her well documented last-start barrier mishap. The champion mare missed the start by 5 lengths when resuming in the Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on 19 August, but somehow recovered to post a stunning last gasp victory over stable-mate Foxplay in the Gr2 feature. Winx will be chasing her 19th consecutive win in Saturday's Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Randwick, and Waller is hopeful the gear change will have the desired effect. ''It just helps block out the background noise,'' Waller told racingnsw.com.au. ''She'll still hear Hugh Bowman say 'it's time to go'.'' Winx is aiming to create history this spring by joining the legendary Kingston Town as the only horse to win three Cox Plates.


Winx (image: Steve Hart)
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