Winx is in per­fect or­der to con­tinue her un­beaten run

The Sportsman Midweek - - War­wick Farm Pre­view - CRAIG BREN­NAN

CHRIS Waller says cham­pion mare Winx is in per­fect shape ahead of her rac­ing re­turn in Mel­bourne the Turn­bull Stakes (2000m) at Flem­ing­ton on Satur­day.

It will be her first start in Vic­to­ria since de­feat­ing Hu­mi­dor to claim a third straight Cox Plate at Moonee Val­ley last year. This week­end’s Group 1 race Flem­ing­ton will be her fi­nal lead-up be­fore a shot at an un­prece­dented fourth Cox Plate on Oc­to­ber 27.

“She’s set­tled in well,” Waller said. That’s why we brought her down early to make sure there was no risk of travel sick­ness and she’s set­tled in per­fectly.

“She’s an amaz­ing horse and there’s no copy­book for a like her.”

Waller said a horse like Winx, who will be shoot­ing for her 28th con­sec­u­tive win, doesn’t keep him awake at night won­der­ing about track con­di­tions.

And he said the Flem­ing­ton track was in per­fect con­di­tion ahead of Satur­day.

“That’s the beauty with Winx,” Waller said.

“She’s ef­fec­tive on all ground. She’s won on rock hard tracks to the heav­i­est of tracks.

“It’s pretty good for a horse trainer go­ing to bed not know­ing what the weather’s go­ing to do.

“I looked at the track at Flem­ing­ton the other day and it’s in pris­tine con­di­tion with good grass cover.”

Be­sides Winx, Waller said he will en­ter Youngstar and Un­for­got­ten with the pos­si­bil­ity of one or two oth­ers.

Af­ter a five-win­ner haul at Caulfield on Sun­day as well as placeget­ters Tosen Basil and Hu­mi­dor in the Un­der­wood Stakes, trainer Dar­ren Weir will rely on Caulfield Cup favourite Kings Will Dream as his sole run­ner in the Turn­bull on Satur­day.

Other likely Turn­bull en­tries in­clude Jon Snow, Di­vine Uni­corn, Mighty Boss and Ven­tura Storm.

The Lind­say Park-trained Ven­tura Storm fin­ished sec­ond to Winx, beaten 6.5-len, in last year’s Turn­bull.

“I think he’s go­ing as well as last year, maybe even a shade bet­ter and I’d be happy to be run­ning sec­ond to Winx again,” co­trainer David Hayes said.

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