2016 Chelmsford Stakes Field and Barrier Draw

August 31st, 2016

Eight runners have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick; undoubtedly highlighted by the second appearance of champion mare Winx this season.

Prized Icon has been confirmed in the 2016 Chelmsford Stakes final field. Photo: Steve Hart

Prized Icon has been confirmed in the 2016 Chelmsford Stakes final field. Photo: Steve Hart

Winx returned to racing for her tenth-consecutive race win in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) a fortnight ago, and has reportedly only improved from the classy and comfortably victory.

Resuming last spring for success in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m), the Street Cry mare progressed to wins in each of the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and of course, her resounding triumph over a talent-rich field in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m).

Having resumed in autumn for success in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m), Winx subsequently posted wins in each of the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m), Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) and Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).

Winx has been allocated the outside barrier, but has been confirmed to be partnered by Hugh Bowman and should just be too good for her rivals on Saturday.

Trainer Chris Waller has dominated the 2016 Chelmsford Stakes field after confirming a total of six of the eight runners, including Spiritjim and Who Shot Thebarman.

Beginning his career aboard in France, where he competed in races like the Group 1 Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe (2400m), Spiritjim arrived in Australia for seventh place finishes in each of the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) and Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in winter.

The Galileo entire will likely require the run on Saturday to find peak form, but he is drawn well to find a position off pace in barrier 6.

Who Shot Thebarman is a runner that will benefit from more distance, but the gelding has shown several times that he is capable of a smart performance early in his preparations.

Running second in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) and fourth in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) most notably in autumn, the son of Yamanin Vital ran sixth in the Warwick Stakes first-up this time.

A three-year-old has not won the Chelmsford Stakes since Mighty Kingdom saluted in 1979, but trainer James Cummings is looking to overcome the trend after confirming Prized Icon in the Group 2 field.

A standout through the recent autumn season, Prized Icon finished third in the Group 3 Black Opal Stakes (1200m) and second in the Group 3 The Schweppervescence (1400m) before taking out each of the Listed Fernhill Handicap (1600m) and Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m).

Sure to have taken plenty of benefit from a first-up run for fourth in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) a fortnight ago, the More Than Ready colt will carry only 50.5kgs in the Chelmsford Stakes and will leave from barrier 5.

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2016 Champagne Stakes Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1907x4110x PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 7 59kg 115
2 01x90324x6 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 4 59kg 111
3 4x4650x5x2 HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea James McDonald 2 59kg 110
4 03x08533x7 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller Jason Collett 3 59kg 108
5 32314x797x STORM THE STARS (USA) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 1 59kg 108
6 447204x77x SPIRITJIM (FR) Chris Waller Rory Hutchings 6 59kg 107
7 111x1111x1 WINX Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 8 57kg 123
8 3x323211x4 PRIZED ICON James Cummings Ms Kathy O’Hara 5 50.5kg 88