Trainer Chris Waller will give super star mare Winx her next start in the Group 1 $500,000 Seppelt Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 7 as her final lead up run to the Group 1 $3m Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley three weeks later.
Waller has been pleased with the way Winx has pulled up after her sensational win in the Group 1 $500,000 Colgate Optic White Stakes (George Main Stakes) (1600m) at Randwick and released the following statement today.
“All bodes well heading towards the 2017 Ladbrokes Cox Plate and after giving careful consideration to her current racing campaign it is likely her next run will be at Flemington on October 7 in the G1 Seppelt Turnbull Stakes.”
“The sole reason for running here as the most likely option is simply based on the timing of the current program, which will provide her with 3 weeks between runs from the George Main to the Turnbull and another 3 weeks into the Cox Plate for her 5th run of the campaign. Whilst this is her intended path, if she was not to run in the Turnbull it would be my intentions to run in the Craven Plate on October 14 at Royal Randwick before heading to Melbourne in preparation for the Ladbrokes Cox Plate.
“It is my intentions to remove the ear muffs from her race day gear for her next start as Hugh and I don’t feel they are required.”
Winx recorded her twentieth consecutive win in the George Main Stakes wearing the ear muffs for the second time in a race to help her with her barrier manners, but will now go to Melbourne and race without them.