Winx Looking Set For Twenty

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Winx | Bronwen Healy

By Daithi Harvey

A 20th consecutive win for Winx (Aus) (Street Cry {Ire} is looming large for the great mare as she sets her sights on the G1 George Main S. at Randwick on Saturday. Ten rivals have remained in the race including her two immediate victims in her last two races Red Excitement (Aus) (Excites {Aus}) and Foxplay (Aus) (Foxwedge {Aus}). For a few moments during Winx’s last start in the G2 Chelmsford S. it appeared that Red Excitement and jockey Josh Parr had built up an unassailable lead only for Winx to deploy the afterburners and cut down the deficit late on for an ultimately snug one length win and trainer Gerald Ryan is playing his cards close to his chest regarding tactics for his charge on Saturday. “This is a different race and I’ll wait until after acceptances when we see the make-up of the field before deciding what we will do,” Ryan told Racing And Sports. “Red Excitement doesn’t have to lead. He has shown before he can sit off the leader.” Winx will again race with the aid of a hood and she could also face competition on Saturday from the likes of triple Group 1 winner Le Romain (Aus) (Hard Spun), Happy Clapper (Aus) (Teofilo {Ire}), and her stable-mates Tom Melbourne (Ire) (Dylan Thomas {Ire}) and McCreery (GB) (Big Bad Bob {Ire}).

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