Waller takes five as Winx opens farewell campaign at Randwick

Five Chris Waller stablemates will be up against Winx when the superstar mare begins her farewell campaign in the Apollo Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

Sitting pretty: Winx gallops with her Saturday rival Egg Tart at Randwick last weekend.Credit:AAP

An eight-horse field will contest the 1400m group 2 contest led by Pat Webster’s Happy Clapper. Aloisia will head north from the Ciaron Maher/David Eustace stable but from then on it’s all Waller with Patrick Erin, Brimham Rocks, Tom Melbourne, Unforgotten and Egg Tart all accepting for the weight-for-age test.

A crowd of between 10,000 and 15,000 is expected as Winx races for the first time since her record-breaking fourth Cox Plate win in October. The Apollo Stakes is the first race of a farewell campaign expected to culminate in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on day two of The Championships.

The seven-year-old is also expected to run in the group 1 Chipping Norton and George Ryder Stakes next month.

She had a day out on Saturday, with a float trip from Rosehill to Randwick and a gallop in which she was partnered by Egg Tart.

"She looks after herself in trials and in her work," jockey Hugh Bowman said.

"But she knows when it's race day."

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