Trainer Chris Waller has described his stable star Winx in picture perfect condition following her record breaking win in the Group 1 $500,000 Winx Stakes (1400m) at Randwick last Saturday.
Winx edged past Black Caviar’s twenty-five straight wins with her dominant victory in the race named after herself which stretched her winning streak to twenty-six.
Waller said that Winx has come through the run in great shape and after several sessions on the aqua walker was back at the track midweek.
“She has come through the race very well,” Waller said.
“She is picture perfect and she is where she is needed to be and if anything she has come back just as well, she is certainly not slowing down.
“Saturday afternoon she was on the aqua walker, which is the salt water treadmill. She was in that walking after the races.”
“Sunday morning the same again, a walk in the aqua walker and Monday pretty much the same and she was bouncing out of her skin this morning (Wednesday) out on the track for the first time and Ben was very happy with the way she felt.’
Waller praised the efforts of Black Caviar who remained undefeated from her twenty-five race starts and while Winx did get beaten in the early days of her career, she has had to overcome plenty of obstacles to claim her twenty-six straight wins.
“It’s an Australian record. She is just unbelievable,” Waller said.
“She has eclipsed Black Caviar’s record, who I might say was never beaten, and it just shows what a great horse Black Caviar was.”
“But Winx in the last twenty-six starts had to overcome track conditions, track bias, distances, luck in running and barrier draws.”
“She has given horses every possible chance to beat her. Everybody knows where she is running, we don’t hide from anywhere, the owners say if she is happy run. We have never missed a race for whatever reason.”
“Time and time again she gets the job done. She doesn’t just win, she wins with a bit of arrogance.”
“Sure she has had some close margins but a couple that come to mind, the Theo Marks, about her third win into her sequence, she almost fell and came from last and still flew home.”
“She might have got there by a small margin but she got there was the main thing.”
“The other one was when Foxplay meet her last year, well she missed the start by five lengths and she has broken 32 seconds for the last 600m.”
“Apart from that she just wins at her leisure.”
Winx is likely to have her next race start in the Group 1 $500,000 Colgate Optic White (George Main) Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on September 15 as she make her way back Moonee Valley where she will be trying to claim her fourth successive win in the Group 1 $5m Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley on October 27.
Early markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for the George Main Stakes has Winx as the $1.15 favourite way ahead of her nearest rival Happy Clapper at $10 while 2018 Cox Plate betting has Winx as the dominant $1.45 favourite to make it four in a row.
Early betting for the 2018 Colgate Optic White George Main Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au: $1.15 Winx, $10 Happy Clapper, $12 D’Argento, Humidor, $16 Invictus Prince, Kementari, Pierata, $21 Le Romain, $26 Lanciato, Santa Ana Lane, Cabeza De Vaca, Crack Me Up, Global Glamour, Invincible Gem, Youngstar, $31 Comin’ Through, Daysee Doom, Egg Tart, Endless Drama, Heavens Above, Life Less Ordinary, Red Excitement,. Satono Rasen, $34 or better the rest.