George Main Stakes final field and barrier draw - pole position for Winx

  • Waller aims for fifth win in George Main.
  • Winx going for 20 in a row.
Hugh Bowman riding Winx

Australia’s darling of the turf, Winx, has drawn the inside gate in Saturday’s Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick as she aims for her 20th consecutive victory.

The Chris Waller-trained mare missed the start hopelessly when first-up in the Warwick Stakes (1400m) but was able to overpower stablemate Foxplay in the concluding stages, and then a bold front-running ride by Josh Parr on Red Excitement caused a few anxious moments in the Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) before Winx dug deep and claimed her 19th successive win.

Red Excitement again lines up in opposition, as does Foxplay and three other stablemates including McCreery, Mackintosh and Tom Melbourne. 

Waller will be aiming for his fifth win in the George Main having scored with Winx (2016), Kermadec (2015), Sacred Falls (2014) and Shoot Out (2012) previously. 

Last start Tramway Stakes winner Happy Clapper and Coolmore Classic winner Heavens Above make up the remainder of the nine-horse field.

2017 George Main Stakes field and barriers:

1. HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster - Blake Shinn (8) 59kg
2. ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott - Adam Hyeronimus (5) 59kg
3. RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan - Joshua Parr (4) 59kg
4. MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller - Michael Walker (9) 59kg
5. MACKINTOSH (NZ) Chris Waller - Glyn Schofield (2) 59kg
6. TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller – TBA (7) 59kg
7. WINX Chris Waller - Hugh Bowman (1) 57kg
8. HEAVENS ABOVE Tim Martin - Tye Angland (6) 57kg
9. FOXPLAY Chris Waller - Brenton Avdulla (3) 56.5kg



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George Main Stakes final field and barrier draw - pole position for Winx

Australia’s darling of the turf, Winx, has drawn the inside gate in Saturday’s Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick as she aims for her 20th consecutive victory.

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