Blake Shinn is one of the top fancies to take over as the rider of Winx in the Apollo Stakes for the suspended Hugh Bowman.
Online bookmaker sportsbet has posted the Melbourne Cup winning jockey as third pick on $4.40 to gain the nod over some of Sydney’s top jockeys. Premiership leader Brenton Avdulla is $2.50 and Glyn Schofield is $3.60 to ride the champion mare when she is scheduled to resume on February 17.
Winx will be chasing her 23rd straight win in the Apollo and is the $1.10 favourite. She is also $3.50 favourite to win and also become the first horse to win four consecutive Cox Plates, in October.
“It would be every jockey’s dream to ride Winx and no doubt plenty have put their hand up. It’ll be a sit and steer job, but handling the pressure will be a big part, and Shinn has those qualities. Avdulla has been riding a lot for Waller and being the leading rider will definitely help his case,’’ said sportsbet.com.au’s Christian Jantzen.
Market courtesy of sportsbet.com.au
Winx Jockey – Apollo Stakes
$2.50 Brenton Avdulla
$3.60 Glyn Schofield
$4.40 Blake Shinn
$5.00 Jason Collett
$13 Tye Angland
$13 Any Other Jockey