Waller’s cham­pion mare on verge of Rand­wick record

The Sportsman Weekend - - Front Page - MATT JONES

THE World’s best mare Winx is ready to hit her ri­vals for six at Rand­wick to­mor­row and raise the bat on an in­cred­i­ble 20 straight wins. Winx hasn’t lost a race in 488 days.

The Chris Waller trained mare goes into to­mor­row’s Col­gate Op­tic White, the old Ge­orge Main Stakes, in fab­u­lous or­der.

WIN X does the im­pos­si­ble on the track, but she also de­fies logic off it .

The cham­pion i nes up for a crack at a 13th Group 1 win in to­mor­row’ s Ge­orge Main Stakes and if she wins as ex­pected she’ ll notch her sixth ma­jor at the Rand wick m le.

That’ s one more than great Su­per Im­pose.

Waller said last week that 1600m washer best dis­tance and she’s able to ex­tend speed to 200 which is the why she’s the Cox Plate race record holder.

But it ’s her weight t hat ’s got her trainer be­mused.

“She ac­tu­ally put on 3 kg af­ter he Chelms­ford ,” Waller said.

“It con fuses you a it t le bit be - cause she starts the prepa­ra­tion 10kg heav­ier and you won­der whether they’re fit enough then she holds the weight the whole time .”

Win x weighed 4 8 0kg as a three - yea r- old, was 3 heaver yea r later, tipped the scale sat 530 kg as a five-year-old and re­mains so now at six.

She’ ll also wear the ear­muffs once again, and don’t think Red Ex­cit­ment will be given such a big lead in af­ter he gave the Winx camps care in the Chelms­ford Stakes.

“I’m more than happy to leave the ear­muffs on ,” Waller said.

“We went through the sec­tional times (of the Chelms­ford) and it looked to us that first hal f of the race was run rel­a­tively slow sec­ond hal f was run very quick.

“I’m happy with the way she’s go­ing and she looks fan­tas­tic .”

To­mor­row is likely to be Winx’ s last run in Sydney be­fore she heads to Mel­bourne for a tilt at a record equal ling Cox Plate.

She’s stated work­ing the re­verse way of go­ing at Rose hill.

“I’m just keepi her even,” Waller said.

Winx didn’t win first two this prepa­ra­tion ith her usual auhor ity, but Waller dis­missed it was be ca us et height­en­ing fast firm tracks we reg iv her op­po­nents more of a chance against her.

“It doesn’t con­cern me as much as over racing her ,” he said.

“We’ re go­ing to miss a race some­where and I’m pretty sure it will be that day( The Ever­est).”

Win x’s sta­ble­mate Fox play, who ip st scale sat 470 kg, will also line up in the Ge­orge Main Stakes af­ter Waller opted to tri­a­heri nstead of forc­ing her lug 59 kgn the Theo Marks Stakes last week­end.

“I was happy with her trial. I thoughts her an through the line nicely ,” he said.

Winx is chas­ing her 20th straight win in the Ge­orge Main Stakes.

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