Waller confident Winx can hit 20 straight
DESPITE only winning her past two starts in the final few bounds Winx is form of her life according to the man who knows best.
Chris Waller denied the champion was becoming vulnerable after missing the start first-up and letting Red Excitement almost snatch victory off her two weeks later in the Chelmsford Stakes.
On Saturday she will shoot for her 20th straight win and 13th Group 1 victory in the Colgate Optic White Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick.
Waller said punters can expect to see her her best over what he feels is her pet trip. Her record over a mile reads 8:7-1- 0.
“I think 1600m is her best trip. I she’s a miler that’s really good at 2000m too,” he said.
“I think going as well if not better than ever. She’s a stronger horse.”
Winx reeled off sectional times at her first two starts this preparation that no horse in the world could have.
The six-year- old mare ran her last 600m Warwick Stakes in 32.93 after blundering the start.
She will likely face Red Excitement again on Saturday along with stablemate Foxplay — the two horses that almost defeated her at both starts this time in.
Expect jockey Hugh Bowman to not let Gerald Ryan’s in-form runner to escape with the same lead he did in the Chelmsford Stakes.
Waller said despite the small margins of victory this preparation, she’s not lost her aura.
“Let’s put it in perspective. She basically won first-up run by five lengths because she missed the start by five. Then second-up she won a length,” Waller said.
Foxplay had fully recovered from tough first-up run a month ago and could have started in the Theo Marks Stakes last Saturday but Waller didn’t want her to carry 59kg, and feels she’s better suited at weight-for-age.
Winx notched 19 straight wins in the Chelmsford Stakes.