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Winx to face eight in farewell

Two internationally-trained challengers are among Winx's (Street Cry {Ire}) eight rivals for her likely farewell in Saturday's G1 Queen Elizabeth S. at Randwick.

Winx will be chasing her 33rd consecutive win and her 25th at the elite level when she contests the $4 million race which will almost certainly be her final racetrack appearance.

Winx

She has drawn barrier nine with He's Eminent (GB) (Frankel {GB}) to come from barrier three and Japanese galloper Kluger (Jpn) (King Kamehameha {Jpn}) drawing the inside alley.

He's Eminent's trainer Sir Mark Todd was happy with the way the entire had come through his second in the recent G1 Ranvet S.

“I was very happy with the run,” trainer Sir Mark Todd said. “The horse hadn’t been on the track for over seven months and he seems to have come through it really well."

“He had been in quarantine and with the flu restrictions and snow, and everything else in England, he hadn’t actually worked with another horse for nearly six weeks."

“It was fairly hard to get a line on him, but he certainly seems to have come through the race well. He’s very bright and happy in himself, so we will see.”

Two of Winx's most consistent rivals through her extraordinary career, Hartnell (GB) (Authorized {Ire}) and Happy Clapper (Teofilo {Ire}) will also be present at her farewell party. The Godolphin trained Hartnell drew barrier four and Happy Clapper barrier seven.

Dual G1 Australian Cup winner Harlem {GB} (Champs Elysees {GB}), import Mask Of Time (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}), and the kiwi mares Danzdandance (NZ) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) and Shillelagh (NZ) (Savabeel) complete the field.

Alizee set to race on

Alizee (Sepoy) will continue to race on in the spring regardless of how she performs in Saturday's G1 Coolmore Legacy at Randwick.

Trainer James Cummings told Racenet that the 4-year-old mare would likely race into next season, with The Everest a possible target.

Alizee

"Expect her to be targeted at The Everest in the spring,” Cummings said. “Don’t expect to see her running in a Makybe Diva or a George Main."

"She’ll be running in races in the lead-up to The Everest and people need to know that now."

Godolphin is considering whether it bids for The Everest slot to be offered via auction by GPI Racing this month, a process managed by Inglis.

“If I’m a slot holder sitting back and looking at The Everest contenders, Alizee is up there," Cummings said.

“I’ve just got to look at her winning the Christmas Classic, the Expressway Stakes and the Futurity Stakes and if that’s not a dyed-in-the-wool The Everest contender, then I don’t know what is.”

Viddora bound for Hong Kong

It’s all systems go for Viddora's (I Am Invincible) tilt at the G1 Chairman's Sprint at Hong Kong.

The mare is set to be one of two Australian-trained horses to contest the race on April 29, with G1 TJ Smith S, winner Santa Ana Lane (Lope De Vega {Ire} also a likely starter.

Trainer Lloyd Kennewell said Viddora had come through her recent fourth in the G1 Al Quoz Sprint well and was headed to Hong Kong on Wednesday.

"We are off to Hong Kong, she leaves tomorrow. She had a gallop in Dubai yesterday. I'm really looking forward to it. I think she is going to be hard to beat," he said.

"I know Santa Ana Lane is going to be a red hot favourite, but the track will be a lot firmer than it was in Sydney."

"We are better around a bend on firmer tracks so we are looking forward to it."

Kennewell said a decision whether to retire the dual Group 1 winner or campaign her at Royal Ascot would be made after her Hong Kong run.

Fresh start for sprinter

One of a trio of sprinters Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien brought to Australia last spring is ready to debut for Warrnambool-based Matthew Williams.

Intelligence Cross (USA) (War Front {USA}) was unplaced in three Melbourne outings and will resume in the Listed Bel Esprit S. at Caulfield on Saturday.

“Apparently he had quite a few feet issues when he came out as an import at the quarantine centre,” Williams said.

"His feet are in really good shape now and the farriers have done a really good job with him. He's trotting out really sound and well."

Spring targets ahead for Surely Sacred

Quality 3-year-old Surely Sacred (NZ) (Rock ‘n’ Pop) will head to the spelling paddock for a well-deserved break after a rewarding Classic season.

He ran home well to finish third in the G1 Australian Derby at Randwick on Saturday and trainer Tony Pike was happy enough with the result on the rain-affected track.

Surely Sacred

“We could have had improved track conditions, that was our biggest concern,” he said.

“Saturday was similar to the Rosehill Guineas, he travelled up like the winner and then just really struggled to get off the bridle in those heavy track conditions.

“He was brave, he was three deep the trip in the middle with cover and he looked like the winner turning in but he again just struggled in the track conditions, but he has done a great job this preparation.”

Sizzleme stepping towards Oaks

Sizzleme (Sizzling) takes a significant step towards next month's G1 Schweppes Oaks, when she tackles the G3 Auraria S. at Morphettville on Saturday.

Trainer Cindy Alderson told Racing.com that the filly had come through her recent second in a 1600m race at Mornington in great order and was ready for stakes company again having been placed in the G3 Ethereal S last spring.

"I thought she ran really well behind Mr Quickie and I think the 1800 (metres) is perfect for her," Alderson said. "We trialled her yesterday and she was really impressive."

"Zac Spain will take the ride and he came down and rode her in the trial and was really happy with her and he says he was glad he came down to have a gallop on her before the race because she's a filly who needs to have someone who understands her to get the best out of her."

"But she's done extremely well and I'm very confident she will acquit herself well."

Stakes goal for The Mitigator

Trainer Peter McKay believes his 4-year-old The Mitigator (Master Of Design)is ready to break through at stakes level in the upcoming G2 Manco Easter Hcp at Ellerslie later this month.

A winner of five of his 24 starts, including a 1400m handicap at Te Aroha on Saturday, The Mitigator was third in the G2 Rich Hill Mile at Ellerslie back in January.

“We are going to try and head towards the Easter Handicap,” he said. “I wouldn’t run him on anything worse than a Dead 6 probably. We are only two weeks away, so hopefully things can hold out till then and then he can go away and we will look forward to next season.

“If things go wrong in the next couple of weeks weather-wise we can put him out, he has another win beside his name.”

McKay has been pleased with The Mitigator’s four-year-old campaign.

“He has faced some good company, Group 1 company three starts back (in the Thorndon Mile, 1600m),” McKay said.

“He is holding up well, (he will have) one more run and then he will deserve a good break.”