Winx (centre), ridden by Hugh Bowman, wins the China Horse Club George Ryder Stakes during Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill in Sydney last month.
Winx (centre), ridden by Hugh Bowman, wins the China Horse Club George Ryder Stakes during Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill in Sydney last month. DAVID MOIR

Barrier draw boosts Winx's bid for 17th straight win

WINX is a rock-solid $1.10 favourite for Saturday's Queen Elizabeth Stakes after the champion mare drew ideally in barrier three for the Randwick feature.

Winx will face just eight rivals in the $4 million race in what looks certain to be another walk in the park for Australia's queen of the turf.

Winx's part-owner Debbie Kepitis said all was in order for Saturday's big race.

"She had a great gallop (at Randwick) on Saturday and she looked amazing," Kepitis said.

"Everything is ticking over, as it should be, and the nerves are building up, as they should be."

Hartnell, considered Winx's biggest danger at $11, drew barrier one.

"He has a nice spring in his step and I feel John (O'Shea) has him the best he can get him," Godolphin's racing manager Darren Beadman said.

The United States ($15) drew barrier seven, while Happy Clapper ($21) will jump from gate five.

Winx will bid for her 17th straight win in the Queen Elizabeth in what is likely to be her final start this autumn.

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