George Main Stakes final field and barrier draw 2016 – Winx to face 7 rivals in Colgate Optic White Stakes

  • Winx draws barrier 6 of 8.

Australia’s favourite mare, Winx, lines up for her 11th consecutive victory on Saturday where she will face seven rivals in the Group 1 Colgate Optic White Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick.

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The Chris Waller-trained daughter of Street Cry has drawn barrier six in the eight-horse field and will be looking to continue her dominance following a first-up 3.5-length victory in the Warwick Stakes (1400m).

Victoria’s leading trainer, Darren Weir, has sent Japanese-import Tosen Stardom to tackle the great mare following his luckless first-up run in the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) where he finished 2.8 lengths from Awesome Rock.

Craig Williams heads to Sydney to partner the son of Deep Impact as they try to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the year.

Tramway Stakes winner Hauraki and runner-up Le Romain have accepted for the $500,000 feature and have drawn gates five and one respectively.

Hauraki’s stablemate It’s Somewhat will also line up in the small but elite field, while Waller has also accepted with Spirit Jim and Vanbrugh.

Caulfield trainer Stewart Webb took advantage of nominations being extended and will send the in-form Great Esteem north to contest the race.

Great Esteem scored an impressive win over Tom Melbourne in the Heatherlie Stakes (1700m) last start and may take some catching from the front.


2016 Colgate Optic White field and barriers:

1. TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Darren Weir - Craig Williams (7) 59kg
2. HAURAKI John O'Shea - James McDonald (5) 59kg
3. IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O'Shea - Tim Clark (4) 59kg
4. SPIRIT JIM (FR) Chris Waller - Brenton Avdulla (8) 59kg
5. GREAT ESTEEM Stuart Webb - Kerrin McEvoy (2) 59kg
6. LE ROMAIN Kris Lees - Christian Reith (1) 58.5kg
7. VANBRUGH Chris Waller - Glyn Schofield (3) 58.5kg
8. WINX Chris Waller - Hugh Bowman (6) 57kg


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George Main Stakes final field and barrier draw 2016 – Winx to face 7 rivals in Colgate Optic White Stakes

Australia’s favourite mare, Winx, lines up for her 11th consecutive victory on Saturday where she will face seven rivals in the Group 1 Colgate Optic White Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick.

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