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Bow­man con­fi­dent Winx won’t fal­ter in the Turn­bull

The Sportsman Weekend - - Front Page - MATT JONES

C HAM­PION mare Winx will cel­e­brate 21 straight wins if she can beat the cream of Aus­tralia’s weight-for-age gal­lop­ers in to­mor­row’s Group 1 VRC Turn­bull Stakes (2000m).

It will be Winx’s first run and Flem­ing­ton and only her fourth run in Mel­bourne.

CHAM­PION jockey Hugh Bow­man shrugged off sug­gest ions that Win x is past her best in the leadup to to­mor­row’ s Group 1 Turn bull Stakes (2000m) at Flem­ing ton.

The cham­pion mare, who is cur­rently on a 20race win­ning streak go ing back to the au­tumn of 2015, has made fans ner­vous in all three runs back this prepa­ra­tion where her win­ning un­looked to be in dan­ger on each oc­ca­sion.

She had leg it i mate ex­cuse sin her first two runs, but there was no rea­son she should have been strug­gling 800 m out last start in the Ge­orge Ma in Stakes.

She ended up win­ning wellin the end, but not in the same dom­i­nant fash­ion she was blitz­ing her rivals in dur it he past two sea­sons.

Many feel rock­hard tracks, which ev­ery horse is run­ning time on, have brought her back to t he field a bit.

Bow­man said she’s still the num­ber one horse in the land.

“She’s the undis­puted cham­pion and I think she will cer­tainly make her pres­ence felt on Satur­day ,” he said.

“I sup­pose now peo­ple are wait­ing for her to slide down the hill but I don’t thnk horse could have done more this prepa­ra­tion.

“I take it with a grain of salt. Every­one’ s got an opin­ion and she’s at a stage now where every­one’s wait­ing for her to start togo down.

“She hasn’t won with the dom­i­nance we’ve seen in the past but con­di­tions have been the re­sult of hat. They’ ve run re­ally fast time si her past two and come home very fast .”

One punter cer­tainly doesn’t think she’s past her best and has placed a $94,150 bet on her to win, fir ming her in from $1.20 to $1.15.

The last time Winx had a lead-up run in Mel­bourne prior to the Cox Plate she only had take on two in the Cau l field Stakes after scar­ing her other rivals off.

To­mor­row she’s only got to beat six rivals and only one looks like putting any pres­sure on her.

That’ s last-start win­ner Hu­mi­dor.

Bow­man ac­knowl­edged the threat of Hu­mi­dor, who was bril­liant in win­ning

Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flem­ing­ton on Septem­ber 16.

T hat day he ran past Hart nell with ease, much the same as Winx has done a num­ber of times in the past.

“He’s t he best horse she’s go­ing to line up against for so met me so I cer­tainly have a healthy re­spect him and I was very im­pressed with how he went last start ,” Bow­man said.

Since a riv­ing down south the cham­pion mare has been gal­loped twice by Bow­man who said she’s fit­ted in bet­ter than he ex­pected.

“I’ve no­ticed at Rose­hill she’s been a bit more wound up than usual but when at Flem­ing­ton she cer­tainly seems more re­laxed and con­tent be­cause it’s not as busy so I think that’s a re­ally good sign,” Bow­man said.

“Is he’ ll en­joy Flem­ing ton. She’s reached the pin­na­cle and proven how good she is.”

Winx rid­den by Hugh Bow­man win­ning the 2017 Ge­orge Main Stakes.

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