Winx has settled into her new surroundings at Flemington in relaxed style and is in perfect condition to make it back to back wins in the 2018 Group 1 $500,000 Seppelt Turnbull Stakes (2000m) on Saturday.
Winx had a solid hit out on Monday morning and trainer Chris Waller has reported that the super star mare is in picture perfect order as she heads back to Flemington for her final lead up race for the Group 1 $5m Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley on October 27.
The world’s number one rated horse is set to rewrite the history books as she attempts to win four straight Cox Plates after equalling Kingston Town’s record of three straight wins with her third victory in the weight for age championship last year.
“Mentally she is perfect, physically, picture perfect,” Waller said.
Winx cruised around Flemington this morning to stretch her legs and Waller said that the mare was equal to or in better condition than when she won the Turnbull Stakes last year and it is hard to see her not collecting her twenty-eighth straight win and her twenty-first Group 1 winning trophy.
““No difference from 12 months ago. Mentally, perfect, physically picture perfect,” Waller said.
“We take photos of our horses every Monday 52 weeks a year and we compared it to her photo last year and if anything her coat is a little more advanced.”
“She hasn’t got the world’s best rating for nothing, we just need to make sure she stays the same and she will hold that rating.
“It will only take a champion to beat her or a day where she is no longer as dominant as she has been. There has certainly been no signs of that.”
Winx has cruised through her build up to the Turnbull Stakes with a first up win in the Group 1 $500,000 Winx Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on August 18 followed by a four lengths win in the Group 1 $500,000 Colgate Optic White (George Main) Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on September 15.
Hugh Bowman will again be on Winx who has drawn barrier eight in the ten horse Turnbull Stakes field and she is at the unbackable odds of $1.16 at Ladbrokes.com.au.
On the second line of betting at $12 are the Darren Weir trained Caulfield Cup favourite Kings Will Dream and Mick Price’s dual Group 1 winner Grunt.
Kings Will Dream has drawn the inside gate with Craig Williams in the saddle while Grunt will jump from beside Winx in barrier nine with Mark Zahra taking over from Damien Oliver.