Waller con­fi­dent Winx can hit 20 straight

The Sportsman Midweek - - News - MATT JONES

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.

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