Wait for Winx

Mare needs over­seas test: Jockey

Townsville Bulletin - - RACING - BRAD DAVID­SON

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.

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