Winx to seal name game
SYDNEY’S super mare Winx is primed to extend her famous winning streak by claiming the race named in her honour at Randwick on Saturday.
Winx, the world’s top-rated racehorse, is aiming for her 26th consecutive win in the Group 1 Winx (formerly Warwick) Stakes over 1400m.
If Winx wins her comeback race, with Ladbrokes having her at $1.15 already, she will set a national record for consecutive wins. She now shares that record with Black Caviar.
Trainer Chris Waller said Winx had done everything right in preparation for her return to racing.
“I can’t believe how she has come through her gallop at Randwick and trial (last) week and she is ready to go, I couldn’t be happier with her,’’ he said. ‘‘She will have a couple of gallops on Tuesday (tomorrow) and Thursday.
“We have made sure she is ready for it, being a Group 1 race named in her honour.’’
Waller described the re- naming of the Warwick Stakes after his mare and then elevating it to Group 1 level as “special”.
“There are so many special things about Winx and this is just one of them,’’ Waller said.
Waller is chasing his fifth win this decade in the 1400m weight-for-age race, having prepared Winx to win it in 2016-17 after his successes with Metal Bender (2010) and Royal Descent (2015).
“I take a lot of pride in this race because it has been a good race for us,’’ Waller said.
“We always have a good representation in the race.’’
Waller suggested he was likely to nominate D’Argento, Religify, Comin’ Through, Unforgotten and “a couple of stayers” to run against Winx on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Neil Werrett, famous as the owner of Black Caviar, admitted he hoped Winx set a national record on Saturday.
“It’s life, things change and as far as we are concerned we are great admirers of Winx and hope she wins to keep it (streak) going,’’ said Werrett, who is also a part-owner of Sandbar, a game winner of The Rosebud on Saturday.
Werrett also revealed Black Caviar, who was retired undefeated after 25 starts, is due to give birth to a foal by I Am Invincible next month.
Godolphin trainer James Cummings dismissed talk of stable star Kementari lining up against Winx on Saturday.
“That is not the plan,’’ said Cummings when asked if Kementari would run in the Winx Stakes. Instead, Kementari is likely to race next in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 1.
CONFIDENT: Chris Waller.