Walk in the park

Bow­man con­fi­dent Winx will con­tinue her streak

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By MATT JONES

HUGH Bow­man says to­mor­row’s Group 2 Chelms­ford Stakes (1600m) at Rand­wick should be Winx’s eas­i­est task this Spring, but he did ad­mit the pres­sure was mount­ing with each start.

Winx goes for win num­ber 19 in a row and Bow­man couldn’t find a rea­son why to­mor­row’s event wouldn’t be her most com­fort­able this cam­paign.

“It pos­si­bly is (her eas­i­est task). I can’t see any­thing com­ing out of the wood­work,” he said.

“Up un­til about 16th straight win, be­fore the Queen El­iz­a­beth, I didn’t think about it (win­ning streak) but there’s an ex­pec­ta­tion there and she’s ex­pected to win.”

The much talked about gear change, with Winx to wear ear muffs af­ter her dis­as­trous start in the War­wick Stakes, won’t have much of an ef­fect ac­cord­ing to Bow­man who said the cham­pion mare has re­leased some ner­vous en­ergy since her first-up win.

“They could help but I’m not con­vinced they will. But they def­i­nitely won’t be to her detri­ment,” he said.

“It’s not some­thing we’ve thought about for that long be­cause ev­ery­thing’s gone so seam­less for her far but Chris Waller is a per­fec­tion­ist.

“She’s more re­laxed this time than she was at the cor­re­spond­ing gal­lop be­fore her first-up run so it’s a good sign.”

Trainer Chris Waller was as calm as Bow­man af­ter Thurs­day morn­ing’s track gal­lop, say­ing the mare was 4kg lighter than she be­fore the War­wick Stakes and has done ev­ery­thing right ahead of her sec­ond-up as­sign­ment.

“She just cov­ers the ground so quickly so I guess the sim­ple an­swer is that she is fast. What makes her fast? Well, her legs move faster than any­thing else,” Waller said.

“It’s been well doc­u­mented that she doesn’t have a long, ex­u­ber­ant stride but just gets the job done and moves very quickly.

“We see that in her races from the 400m to the 200m mark, where she just has amaz­ing ac­cel­er­a­tion.”

Winx jumps from bar­rier three, which Bow­man said he had no con­cerns with in the field of 12.

Hugh Bow­man be­lieves to­mor­row’s Chelms­ford Stakes will be one of Winx’s eas­i­est as­sign­ments this prepa­ra­tion

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