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Where could Winx run in 2018?
Chris Waller's runner will now be given a rest over the next few months and will return to action in early 2018. Here is a look at some of the leading races she could appear in next year.
Queen Elizabeth Stakes
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Connections have already revealed that they want Winx to return to the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in April at Randwick in Sydney where she will be the defending champion after her success in 2017. The long odds-on favourite travelled smoothly throughout the contest back in April and once jockey Hugh Bowman and the popular mare hit the 300m pole, they broke away from the field as her rivals could not handle her impressive turn of foot. The last horse to win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in back-to-back years was Grand Armee in 2005. In 2014 this race became the richest contest of the Sydney Autumn Carnival, therefore, it should once again attract a strong field, while the world's press is sure to be keeping an eye on the race given Winx's participation.
Queen Anne Stakes
2018 could be the year that Winx travels to the UK to run at Royal Ascot, just like Black Caviar did in 2012 when she prevailed in the Jubilee Stakes. The six-year-old has yet to race outside of Australia, however, given the interest in the mare now, the demand is there for her to feature in one of the biggest international meetings in the world. Connections will have a number of options open to them at Royal Ascot, however, the race most suited to the Australian horse would be the Queen Anne Stakes. Interest in the betting for the Queen Anne Stakes is likely to be huge if Winx does run, with reviews of the latest odds and services already appearing at Champion Bets months ahead of time. The Group One contest features on day one of the five-day meeting and is open to four-year-olds and above and run over 1600m, her optimum trip. International horses have appeared in the race in the past as the American horse Tepin won the 2016 renewal of the contest.
At the end of the 2018 campaign Winx is likely going to run in the Cox Plate again where she will be bidding for her fourth consecutive success in the contest, something which no other horse in history has been able to achieve. Connections will also have one eye on the record of the most races won on the spin which was set by Black Caviar in 2013 when she landed her 25th race. If still unbeaten by then, the Cox Plate may be the race where she makes history which would be seen by a huge crowd at the Melbourne racecourse.
The good news is Winx is set to run again in 2018 in what may be her last campaign so we have to enjoy the superstar mare while she is around.
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