World record awaits the champion mare Winx

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Randwick G1 TAB Chipping Norton S. $600,000 1600 metres

Yet another premier contest is at the mercy of Winx (Street Cry {Ire}), who will pass the retired champion British jumper Hurricane Fly (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}) at the head of the Group 1 table.

Should, as expected, she win again on Saturday it will be the remarkable mare’s 23rd success at the highest level.

Winx will be aiming to take her winning streak to 31 and her Chipping Norton record to four, equal with Tie The Knot (Nassipour {USA}), who won from 1999 to 2002.

She will be opposed by six rivals, five others from trainer Chris Waller’s yard, and Pat Webster’s talented Happy Clapper (Teofilo {Ire}), who chased Winx home when they resumed in the G2 Apollo S. They will both appreciate the step up to a mile.

There was plenty of merit in the performances of Egg Tart (Sebring), Unforgotten (Fastnet Rock) and Patrick Erin (NZ) (Gallant Guru) in the Apollo. Each seems likely to win a decent race this preparation, but not this one.

Flying filly hard to roll

Randwick G1 Surround S. $500,000 1400 metres

Nakeeta Jane (So You Think {NZ}) was so impressive winning the G2 Light Fingers S. last time out and she is going to take a power of beating here.

The move up to 1400 metres will be ideal for Mark Newnham’s star and she should remain unbeaten this preparation.

Fundamentalist (Not A Single Doubt) is as genuine as they come and the Victorian visitor looks sure to give another bold account of herself.

Placed at this level during her last campaign, she resumed in the G3 Vanity and finished third so improvement can be expected.

Madam Rouge (Zoustar) was runner-up in the Light Fingers, finishing ahead of her stablemate Pohutukawa (Medaglia D’Oro {USA}) and they are obvious place hopes again. El Dorado Dreaming (Ilovethiscity) is another who should be around the money.

Unbeaten colt the benchmark

Randwick G2 Schweppes Skyline S. $200,000 1200 metres

Castelvecchio (Dundeel {NZ}) kept his perfect record intact last time seen out at Warwick Farm, where he came from last to swamp his rivals in the Inglis Millennium.

The colt had won at Canterbury on debut with a similar come from behind run and his clash with Microphone (Exceed And Excel) promises to be one of the highlights of the meeting.

Godolphin’s Microphone has suffered one defeat in three appearances and is a professional customer, who was an effortless last-start victor in the Listed Talindert S. at Flemington.

Chris Waller’s Accession (Brazen Beau) finished runner-up to Castelvecchio and it’s hard not to see him in the mix while Sun Patch (Exceed And Excel) was a tidy debut winner and looks more than capable of making his mark in stakes company.

Godolphin holds top hand

Randwick G2 Liberty International Sweet Embrace S. $200,000 1200 metres

Trainer James Cummings has a strong hand to play with stylish G3 Widden S. winner Amercement (Lonhro) a major player. She came from the back of the field on that occasion so a wide gate may not pose too much of an issue.

Barn mate Kiamichi (Sidestep) has been freshened since a successful post-Christmas preparation and a recent barrier trial suggests she will be up to the mark.

Let It Pour (Redoute’s Choice) is making her first appearance and beat Exhilarates (Snitzel) at the trials to give an indication of her ability. Anaheed (Deep Impact {Jpn}) was a respectable fifth in the G3 Blue Diamond Preview and the Snowden runner is worth more than a second look.

Dixie to blossom first-up

Randwick G2 Guy Walter Proven Thoroughbred S. $200,000 1400 metres

Talented mare Dixie Blossoms (Street Sense {USA}) resumes in this and she is a proven fresh performer with two first-up wins to her credit.

Trainer Ron Quinton has given the 6-year-old two trials to ready her and, with James McDonald in the saddle, she looks set to open her campaign in a blaze of glory.

Alassio (Foxwedge) and Manicure (Exceed And Excel) ran the quinella in the G3 Triscay S. and capable of handling a rise in grade while Eckstein (I Am Invincible) won the G3 Southern Cross S. well enough to stay on side of her.

One for value could be Dyslexia (Foxwedge), a lightly-raced mare returning from a break. She has won twice before in this condition.

Import a major player

Randwick G3 Optus Liverpool City Cup $160,000 1300 metres

Advance Yulong (Ger) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) is an interesting runner with the import on his first assignment for Chris Waller. His European form, he is a dual Group 2 winner, puts him right in this.

Stablemate Kaonic (NZ) (Savabeel) hasn’t been seen since he won the Listed Furphy Plate during the Melbourne spring carnival and he’s been to the trials twice ahead of this.

The New Zealand-trained Ever Loyal (Sebring) was an impressive last-start winner and is a Group performer while Gem Song (Your Song) claimed the G3 Eskimo Prince last time out and is a quality colt worthy of respect.

Surely the one to beat

Ellerslie G1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby NZ$1,000,000 2400 metres

There’s a sense of timing around Surely Sacred (NZ) (Rock ‘n’ Pop), who won the G2 Auckland Guineas before an unlucky run in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic.

He saw clear air too late in the straight and found the line well for fifth. He has since come out and made a long and sustained run to claim the G2 Avondale Guineas and trainer Tony Pike said there was further improvement to come.

Vernanme (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}) was third behind Surely Sacred in the Avondale Guineas and he’s another who will strip fitter for the run. He performed well after a pre-race scare when he pulled a plate so it was a fine effort under those circumstances.

Splitting the pair was In A Twinkling (Fastnet Rock) and he had to overcome a wide early run to finish runner-up while his stablemate Prise De Fer (Savabeel) ran fifth and looks like the extra trip will pose no problem.

More Wonder (NZ) (Mossman) has finished behind the major players in two lead-up Group 1 outings against the older horses and he’s a talent, but perhaps questionable at 2400 metres. If there’s to be a boilover Swords Drawn (Camelot {GB}) is a candidate after a luckless unplaced run behind Surely Sacred last time out.

Speedy Ferrando hot chance

Ellerslie G3 Waikato Stud Plate NZ$100,000 1200 metres

Ferrando (NZ) (Fast ‘n’ Famous) hasn’t had a lot of luck with a wide gate, but he has a torrent of early pace and if he can cross the field he’ll be hard to run down.

He loves a rock hard surface and did well in the G1 Telegraph at Trentham to finish second on dead footing.

Spring Heat (More Than Ready {USA}) took the eye with her late run for fourth a fortnight ago while Volks Lightning (NZ) (Volksraad {GB}) has the draw to be prominent. Princess Kereru (NZ) (Pins) was runner-up in the G1 Railway S. and that’s a form line not to be ignored.

Elate to press Oaks claims

Ellerslie G3 McKee Family Sunline Vase NZ$70,000 70,000 2100 metres

Elate (NZ) (Savabeel) was a decisive winner of the Listed Oaks Prelude and she looms as the filly to be wary of again as she continues toward the G1 New Zealand Oaks path. She is bred to stay and a genuinely-run race will boost her chances.

The Real Beel (NZ) (Savabeel) was runner-up in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic and then a close sixth in the G2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic. Sunny Rose (NZ) (Tavistock {NZ}) was fourth in that race, in which she was held up in the straight.

Rubira (Lope De Vega) took on the older horses last time out and she turned in an encouraging finish for fifth while Savy Yon Blonk (NZ) (Savabeel) has a handy record with two wins from five starts and may offer each way value at odds.

King set to rule again

Ellerslie Listed Mufhasa Fasttrack S. NZ$60,000 1300 metres

Powerful 3-year-old King Louis (NZ) (Equiano {Fr}) has had issues with his racing manners, but he put it all together last time to win the G3 Mongolian Khan Trophy. A repeat performance would see him go close to back-to-back successes.

Bit Lippy (NZ) (Showcasing {GB}) has been competitive in a number of age group events and Queen Of The Air (NZ) (I Am Invincible) won in lesser company at Awapuni, but in a style that suggests she can measure up. She’s A Thief (NZ) (Showcasing {GB}) is fast and has a draw to favour her style.

Reward beckons Naval Fleet

Wingatui NZB Insurance S. NZ$50,000 1400 metres

Naval Fleet (NZ) (Declaration Of War {USA}) has ventured south to gain black type and the trip shouldn’t go unrewarded. She was a smart maiden winner and followed up in decent age group company at Pukekohe, where she ran third.

Emily Margaret (NZ) (Pins) has already won at this level and was runner-up against the older horses last time. Tee Cee Coup (NZ) (Swiss Ace) comes here in prime form with two wins from her last three appearances.