Wait for Winx
Mare needs overseas test: Jockey
CHAMPION jockey Greg Childs believes Australia’s star of the turf Winx must win overseas before earning the title of a “super champion”.
The retired Childs, who won 72 Group 1s, feels Winx must travel internationally and win before she can be considered one of the true greats.
“People ask me what was the best horse you rode between Northerly and Sunline. I say Sunline only due to the fact that Sunline did travel in three different countries and win where Northerly, he didn’t,” Childs said on WA’s TAB Radio yesterday. “I think that is what Winx has got to do. I mean sure if she wins the Cox Plate ( a third time) well game over but she also needs to, well I think to be that super champion, to win overseas.”
Winx is likely to head overseas next year after a tilt at a third consecutive Cox Plate.
Childs won two Cox Plates on Sunline in 1999- 2000 before Northerly ruined the great mare’s bid for a third consecutive Cox Plate in 2001.
Winx is a $ 1.50 favourite to join Kingston Town as the only three- time winners of the Cox Plate but Childs said she was not over the line just yet.
“Winx does look to have a mortgage on it and I agree but you just never know from those three- year- olds that can strengthen up from a little bit of time out coming back as four- year- olds,” he said.
“Something usually comes out of the woodwork, maybe a horse internationally, maybe something from New Zealand but at this stage I don’t think there is much in New Zealand.
“Her lead- up form will be important.”
Winx finished third in her trial at Randwick on Monday and will return in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes ( 1400m) at Randwick on August 19.
FOREIGN FIELDS: Greg Childs wants to see Winx overseas.