Bow­man de­clares Winx’s trial best yet

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - BRAD DAVID­SON

WINX is still on track to take on the world over­seas next year as the cham­pion mare tuned up for a tilt at a third con­sec­u­tive Cox Plate this spring with her best trial yet at Rand­wick yes­ter­day.

Winx has never won any of her 15 bar­rier tri­als but she came from last to run an equal ca­reer- best third over 900m yes­ter­day in what jockey Hugh Bow­man de­scribed as her best trial yet.

“She feels to me as though she has strength­ened up a lit­tle bit with nat­u­ral de­vel­op­ment and it’s prob­a­bly as good as she has ever tri­alled in all hon­esty,” Bow­man said. “She was very re­laxed early on in the trial and when I got in some open space in the fi­nal 200m she re­ally surged to the line.”

Winx’s spring cam­paign is all de­signed to­wards equalling Kingston Town’s record of three Cox Plates in Mel­bourne on Oc­to­ber 28 but trainer Chris Waller said a trip over­seas next year was still on the cards if she was fit and healthy.

Royal As­cot has been touted as a pos­si­ble des­ti­na­tion but there are other op­tions as well for what Waller hinted could be Winx’s farewell from rac­ing.

“( An over­seas trip) is ba­si­cally three preps away if you want to in­clude ( the 2018) au­tumn,” Waller said. “I would say we are the same as we have been, we would love to take her ( over­seas) pro­vid­ing there are no risks in­volved. Ev­ery­body wants to see her go ( but) two min­utes af­ter she races they are go­ing to say when is she back in Aus­tralia rac­ing.

“It would be nice to take her as a fi­nale but I wouldn’t take her as a fi­nale if she wasn’t any­where near her best.”

Winx’s co- owner Peter Tighe echoed Waller’s thoughts and hinted they were un­likely to race Winx be­yond next year.

“If she is fit and well we are very in­ter­ested to go over­seas,” he said.

“We just want to get this pro­gram out of the way with the Cox Plate but if she is fit and well and healthy then he will sit down and map out a plan for next year.”

STRONGER: Hugh Bow­man rid­ing Winx in a bar­rier trial at Royal Rand­wick Race­course yes­ter­day in Syd­ney.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.