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Avdulla says don't forget Unforgotten

Brenton Avdulla is rapt to be aboard Unforgotten in the first major race of the season, believing she can be the horse to emerge from the shadow of former stablemate Winx.

Any number of horses are bidding to fill the void left by the retirement of the champion although Winx's incredible career statistics, including a world record 25 Group One wins, are not likely to be bettered any time soon.

Unforgotten, who was sold through Curraghmore's 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier yearling draft, was one of the best staying fillies of her generation during her Classic season, winning the 2018 Gr.1 Australian Oaks (2400m). She showed glimpses of that promise during her four-year-old year with a Gr.2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) victory and Group One placings in the Epsom Handicap (1600m) and the Chipping Norton (1600m) and Coolmore Legacy (1600m).

Avdulla reunites with Unforgotten on race day for the first time since she won her maiden but after partnering the mare in a recent barrier trial and exhibition gallop, he is happy be back aboard.

"I'm looking forward to riding her," Avdulla said.

"She's trialled well, she galloped Saturday on the course proper and galloped well.

"She's 1400 first-up in the Winx Stakes with no Winx, so it's going to be interesting.

"I think the firm track will suit her and she's a genuine Group One mare on her day that can run very competitively in a race like this."

Chris Waller has won the Group One Winx Stakes for the past four years - the past three with the race's namesake.

Along with Unforgotten, he will start new addition Kings Will Dream, who returns after breaking down in the Cox Plate, Youngstar and Verry Elleegant. -AAP


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