Ge­orge Main Stakes a guide to Waller’s Spring plans

The Sportsman Midweek - - Canterbury Preview - CARYL WIL­LIAMSON

MANY of Winx’s Ge­orge Main Stakes ri­vals will come from her own sta­ble but trainer Chris Waller can’t en­vis­age any of them beat­ing her.

Winx is aim­ing for her third win in Satur­day’s 1600m Group 1 race at Rand­wick and her 20th at the high­est level.

Among the horses Waller will en­ter are Who Shot The­bar­man, Comin’ Through, Tom Mel­bourne, Un­for­got­ten and Egg Tart with a cou­ple to also be nom­i­nated for the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes in Mel­bourne.

Waller said the dec­la­ra­tion of weights for the Ep­som and Met­ro­pol­i­tan Hand­i­caps would have a bear­ing on where some of those horses go.

“The weights of the Ep­som will a big fac­tor on where our horses go,” Waller said. They came out yes­ter­day and that will tell me a lot.

“will help me de­cide what stays around and runs in the Ep­som and goes to Mel­bourne for Makybe Diva.” “I feel it is quite an im­por­tant race here. “They can’t beat her, but it is an im­por­tant race for them.”

While Waller will be busy jug­gling his spring team, the fo­cus as al­ways is on Winx.

“She is just con­stantly in the zone and ev­ery­thing has gone to plan,” he said.

“The jump- out last week was per­fect. It was just enough get on top of her with the four weeks be­tween runs. “She will love step­ping up to the mile.

gal­loped on Thurs­day and will have another one Mon­day or Tues­day just de­pend­ing how quick the tracks re­cov­ers from the rain, then we will have the me­dia morn­ing on Thurs­day.

“That will be just to stretch her legs. It seems to work for her. We can’t change it now.”

Waller said Winx’s next step to­wards an un­prece­dented fourth Cox Plate win was not set in stone.

“Her run be­yond Satur­day is not locked in yet,” he said.

“It is likely to be in Mel­bourne but we haven’t given up on keep­ing her here.

“She can go two weeks, four weeks, wher­ever she goes.

“I said at the end of last prep it is one run at a time and we will stick to that.”

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