Winx Set to Jump at Record Price in Chipping Norton Stakes 2017

February 21st, 2017

Equine superstar Winx is set to begin the 2017 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) as the shortest-priced favourite in the race for more than half a century.

Winx is currently available at Chipping Norton Stakes odds of $1.10. Photo: Steve Hart

Winx is currently available at Chipping Norton Stakes odds of $1.10. Photo: Steve Hart

Winx is currently rated a $1.10 odds-on favourite in 2017 Chipping Norton Stakes betting markets at and is subsequently the shortest favourite since Valerius in 1961, who won the race at a quote of $1.03.

Winx has been a standout performer throughout her entire racing career so far, but has continued to open the gap of her rivals as the country’s best racehorse since winning the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) during the 2015 Winter Carnival; subsequently posting fourteen-consecutive race wins.

The Street Cry mare has won nine Group 1 titles through her illustrious run of form, but none better than her two dominant Cox Plate triumphs in 2015 and 2016.

Only one other runner, Hartnell, is currently available at single-figure 2017 Chipping Norton Stakes odds, but the Godolphin import is yet to make up the distance to trouble Winx in five efforts to date.

Hartnell has found career-best form to date through his two most-recent racing preparations and the gelding is arguably best positioned to finally break Winx’s winning run of form in the Chipping Norton Stakes 2017.

Resuming in spring for second behind Winx in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m), the Authorized gelding progressed to dominant wins in each of the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) and Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) before taking out his second career Group 1 title in the Turnbull Stakes (2000m).

Running second to Winx again in the Cox Plate, albeit eight lengths off the pace, Hartnell returned to the paddock after working home well for third in the Melbourne Cup (3200m).

Having savaged the line for second in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) a fortnight ago, Hartnell will relish a step up in distance into the Chipping Norton Stakes field.

The 2017 Chipping Norton Stakes field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday (February 22nd).

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