No shame in second to Winx for Consensus

Consensus (outer) chasing lucrative place pot in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunnell

Spoiling Winx’s party at Randwick on Saturday is the last thing on Stephen McKee’s mind.

The Ardmore trainer will be more than happy for his six-year-old Consensus to play a supporting role behind the wonder mare in the A$4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).

“I don’t see it as running against Winx, I see it as the A$755,000 for second for a start,” McKee said.

“Gailo Chop and all the other good ones will be there, but the breakdown of prize-money is great and the track should be good, which will suit our mare.”

Consensus has won eight races, including the Group 1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) and she finished runner-up in the Group 1 Haunui Farm WFA Classic (1600m) before heading to Sydney.

“She’s got a lot of black type so she’s really got nothing left to prove at home,” McKee said.

The daughter of Postponed finished a respectable fourth in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill in her first Australian appearance.

“She went well on a drying track that got a bit sticky, which meant she couldn’t accelerate and she plugged away,” McKee said.

“She came through the race well and she had a nice hit-out this morning with Jason Collett on board.”

The expatriate New Zealand jockey rode Consensus in the Ranvet and he has the mount again in the Queen Elizabeth.

“This race fits in well for the mare before she goes to Brisbane,” McKee said. Consensus will run in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast on May 5 as a lead in to the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) a fortnight later.