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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1 2017 SPORT 37 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA after the final field was declared on Wednesday morning. Trainer Chris Waller and jockey Hugh Bowman were relaxed and confident after Rosehill trackwork yesterday that Winx had done everything right since her memorable first-up win in the Warwick Stakes two weeks ago. Winx galloped solo wide out on the Rosehill course proper and although she wasnt out to make time, she showed that her tough first-up run has not taken anything out of her. The mighty mare wore the ear muffs in the gallop which she will do tomorrow in an endeavour to ensure she doesnt become fractious in the barriers and miss the start badly again, like she did in the Warwick Stakes. Winx is 3-4kg lighter than she was before the Warwick Stakes, said Waller when asked if Winx had improved since her Warwick Stakes. We gave her a really solid gallop on Tuesday where she was very impressive, so this morning was more a maintenance gallop. We are really pleased with her, she has done everything right since the Warwick Stakes. Gavrilova needed exactly an hour to see off the world No.634, breaking Kiick seven times and dropping serve only once in recording her first victory in New York since winning the junior crown in 2010. It was great to get a win, she said. Its obviously nice to get it done in an hour. I played pretty aggressive. It was a quick one. I didnt think too much of what happened last week. I was just focused on what I had to do today. Gavrilova will next play world No.62 Shelby Rogers. Barty is already through to the third round after continuing her excellent season with a 6-1 7-6 (9-7) victory over Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Meanwhile, 14th-seeded Nick Kyrgios crashed out in IN-FORM Daria Gavrilova is staying cool after giving Australias womens tennis stars their best start to the US Open in more than 30 years. Gavrilova extended her hardcourt winning streak to six matches with a 6-2 6-1 rout of Allie Kiick to join Ashleigh Barty, Arina Rodionova and Ajla Tomljanovic as firstround winners. Its the first time four Australian women have progressed to the second round at Flushing Meadows since 1986. Fresh off her WTA title breakthrough in New Haven on Sunday, the world No.20 lived up to her new-found status as an Open dark horse with a clinical display on the Grandstand court. DARREN WALTON THE ghosts of legendary champions Ajax and Kingston Town could come back to haunt Winx at Royal Randwick tomorrow. Winx wont be aware but there are some unnerving similarities with those former champions the mighty mare must overcome to win the Group 2 $250,000 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m). The superstar of Sydney racing has won 18 races in succession the same number Ajax had recorded before his winning run came to a shock end. Ajax was a 40/1 on favourite when beaten by 33/1 outsider Spear Chief in the 1939 Rawson Stakes the biggest upset in Australian racing history. It was thought the flaxen-maned champion simply had an off day. But it was an equine traffic jam that ended the great Kingston Towns 21-race Sydney winning streak in the 1982 Chelmsford Stakes. The King was pocketed on the fence and never got clear galloping room before finishing fourth behind Rare Form. Kingston Town drew barrier three that day, the same barrier position Winx will start from in tomorrows Chelmsford. But Kingston Town rebounded from that shock loss and won an unprecedented third successive Cox Plate that spring a record Winx could equal next month. Winx is set to start at the shortest odds of her celebrated career in the Chelmsford Stakes with TAB Fixed Odds offering $1.08 about the mighty mare to record her 19th successive win. This is despite a bet of $63,000 at $1.06 on Winx soon Is Winx able to break the jinx? RAY THOMAS Australias Daria Gavrilova returns against Allie Kiick during their first-round match. INSET: Nick Kyrgios clutches his shoulder during his first-round loss to John Millman Pictures: GETTY IMAGES/AFP the first round on Wednesday night with a right shoulder injury then beat himself up verbally for lacking dedication. Two weeks after upsetting Rafael Nadal on the way to the biggest final of his career, Kyrgios lost to 235th-ranked compatriot John Millman 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1. Early in the third set I hit one serve and I never felt the same after that, Kyrgios said. Something didnt feel right in my arm. Still uncertain of the problem, Kyrgios lamented a year that saw him make secondround exits at the Australian and French Opens and retire from his Wimbledon opener with a hip injury that nagged him for weeks. Ive had a diabolical year at the Slams, Kyrgios said. Jets ready to power engines TRACY Village has not yet won a game heading into its clash against Palmerston in Round 6 of the Darwin Basketball Mens Championship tonight, but team morale is still strong. The return of Liam Maclachlan and Jayden Adams will give the bottom-placed side some much-needed confidence. Those two coming back will help. Weve had some guards playing forward and out of position, Jets coach Jason Ah Sam said. Having those guys out due to work and other commitments has led to our fragmented start to the season. But team morale is still strong. The Jets are still aiming high despite their 0-5 record before tonights game against the Power. We want to start performing better and getting some wins on the board, Ah Sam said. The Power is fourth on the ladder with a 3-2 record, and a Willie Shackleford buzzer-beater saw them beat Lightning 77-76 in a thriller last week. Also tonight, the thirdplaced Ansett will take on Razzle, which is in seventh spot but competed well in its 79-71 loss to the undefeated Eagles last round. In Womens Championship action tonight, Ansett (first, 4-0) will take on Razzle (sixth, 1-3), before the Power (fourth, 2-2) will clash with the reigning champion Jets (third, 3-2). The Jets bounced back with a big 65-39 win over Challenge grand-final opponents Rebels last round, with Tania Dhu (19 points) top-scoring. Ansetts Tal Yakov (29 points) starred in her teams 64-63 win over Tracy Village in Round 4, after talented youngster Ieasha Friel put 31 points on the 11-time champions in Eagles 77-68 win in Round 3. JOSH SPASARO Daria Daria dashes dashes into into second second roundround COMPARE THE BOOKIES AND GET THE BEST ODDS REAL MONEY BACK IF YOUR HORSE FINISHES 2ND OR 3RD IN RACES 1-5 AT CAULFIELD & RANDWICK, UP TO $50!* CAULFIELD & RANDWICK Download for *Excludes NSW residents. Applies to first fixed price win bets only. 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