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Rising Stars to Watch Out for in G1 Races 2016

Melbourne Cup horses

November’s Melbourne Cup is the biggest highlight of the Australian calendar. Aside from the country’s most prestigious horse racing event in the world, more racing stars will likely be seen this fall in world-class G1 races in Sydney and Melbourne. The Sydney Racing Carnival will parade its magnificent line-up of thoroughbreds in races such as the George Main Stakes, Epsom Handicap, and Chelmsford Stakes.

Victoria’s pride, the Flemington Race Course will be host to the Melbourne Racing Carnival aside from the WS Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup. The G1 races will showcase world-renowned Australian thoroughbreds G1 TJ Smith Stakes title holder Chautauqua and Cox Plate’s Champion Winx. Horse racing fans are also anticipating the return of Prince of Penzance, the outsider who had a significant win in last year’s Melbourne Cup

Let’s take a look at these 3 rising stars to watch out this fall:

Prince of Penzance

Prince of Penzance

It was a historic win for this horse and his jockey. Prince of Penzance became one of the longest-priced winners in the history of the Melbourne Cup, and Michelle Payne is the only woman jockey to won the most prestigious horse racing event in the world.  Expectations are running high for the Prince, since he dominated a 24-horse field in the 15 furlong race.

The Spring Racing Carnival will his first race since becoming 2015’s Melbourne Cup Champion. The Prince should gather some momentum during theG1 Makybe Diva Stakes over 7 furlongs at Flemington, before heading to the greatest horse racing event in the world that is the Melbourne Cup. It’s the world’s richest 2-mile handicap race with a purse of $6.2 million AUD ($4.7 million).

The big question is will he be able to duplicate his Melbourne Cup feat without Michelle Payne? The female jockey is currently inactive due to injuries, so it’s a toss between John Allen and Brad Rawiller to ride Prince of Penzance. Let’s wait and see if the Prince will set a historic winning performance again at Flemington.

Winx

Winx

Winx is ranked as the world’s third-best racehorse and has etched her name in the horse racing world during the 2015 World Cox Plate. She achieved an impressive 13 wins and three places from 19 starts. Winx’ come-from-behind style made her a favourite among horse racing fans. She won the 2016 G1 George Ryder Stakes for her 8th straight victory and has exceeded her champion status by winning the G1 Star Doncaster Mile by defeating Azkadellia and Happy Clapper.

Thanks to her Doncaster win, Winx is qualified for a starting position in the Breeder’s Cup. Winx’ trainor Chris Waller says he is more focused on preparing the 5-year old mare for G2 races in Sydney like the Chelmsford Stakes on September 3rd and George Main Stakes on September 17th at Randwick. Winx will then defend her Cox Plate title in October. Horse racing fans are in awe with Winx’ ability to shift positions while accelerating quickly. This growing big girl will dominate her races this fall.

Chautauqua

Chautauqua

He’s considered as the horse racing world’s greatest sprinter. Chautauqua is currently ranked 11th in the world, he retained his G1 TJ Smith Stakes title at The Championships at Royal Randwick to earn a starting position the Breeders’ Cup in November.

Chautauqua will compete exclusively in Australia this fall, ahead of a possible stint in the G1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint in December. Chautauqua’s has an impressive 12 wins and six placements in 22 starts in his belt. Rupert Legh’s prized horse will proved himself as the horse to beat in the G1 Darley Classic on November 5th at Melbourne’s Flemington.

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