2017 Chipping Norton Stakes Results: Winx Wins

February 25th, 2017

It was another procession for Winx as she cruised to yet another comfortable victory in the 2017 Chipping Norton Stakes at Royal Randwick this afternoon.

Winx made it 15 wins on the trot with an effortless victory in the 2017 Chipping Norton Stakes. Photo by: Steve Hart

Winx made it 15 wins on the trot with an effortless victory in the 2017 Chipping Norton Stakes. Photo by: Steve Hart

There was speculation before the race that Winx would be scratched from the Chipping Norton Stakes due to the heavy Royal Randwick track, but that proved to be unwarranted as she easily put away her rivals.

Jockey Hugh Bowman gave Winx another peach of a ride and he revealed after the race that he was never worried about the chances of the star mare in the Chipping Norton Stakes.

“Nothing really changed,” Bowman said.

“The conditions are fair, it is when you start to get bias that I really start to worry and that is what we had at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day.

“It is wet, but everybody is getting their chance and it is just a case of whether your horse can cop with the surface today or not.

“This mare can.

“She would be more comfortable if the surface wasn’t as wet as it is and in the final stages and I had the race won I stopped pushing and she really idled down.

“That is not really in her make-up and it is really rare for her to do that.

“She got the job done, but she is most effective on good ground.”

Crown Oaks winner Lasqueti Spirit was incredibly brave on the pace and finished second at a massive price, while Who Shot Thebarman made up plenty of ground late in a very impressive return to racing.