RAC­ING Winx works her won­ders

Townsville Bulletin - - RACING - BRAD DAVID­SON

JACK­POTS FIRST FOUR: All Races $ 2,500 DOU­BLE TRIO: R7 & 8 $ 2,615 WINX won her first bar­rier trial yes­ter­day and it begs the ques­tion: could she be even more dom­i­nant this spring?

It’s hard to imag­ine the world’s best horse on turf could im­prove but the 1000m trial at Rand­wick was the first time Winx has crossed the line in front in 16 bar­rier tri­als.

Jockey Hugh Bow­man set­tled the mare down in fifth and she cruised past her ri­vals.

“I feel she is a lit­tle stronger than last prep,” Bow­man said.

“Is she bet­ter? It’s hard to judge but for this stage of the prep she is cer­tainly more fo­cused and switched on.”

Trainer Chris Waller said all was on track for the mare to post her 18th suc­ces­sive win when she runs in Satur­day week’s Group 2 War­wick Stakes ( 1400m) at Rand­wick.

Asked what made Winx so spe­cial, Waller said her will to win was very im­por­tant.

“Peo­ple who aren’t that close to horses might think you’re fan­ta­sis­ing in say­ing things like that but for what­ever rea­son she seems to get her­self out of trou­ble.

“Bar­ri­ers, wet tracks, luck in run­ning and she has al­most fallen on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions yet she still gets her­self out of trou­ble and not just win but nor­mally wins with ease.”

Waller has pro­grammed four lead- up runs for Winx ahead of her bid for a third con­sec­u­tive Cox Plate.

“We would like to give her a four- week gap be­tween one of the runs,” he said. “If we do that it could get her out to the Emi­rates Stakes on the last day of the Flem­ing­ton Car­ni­val.

“Her first Cox Plate was just two ( lead- up runs), her se­cond Cox Plate was three, we have fac­tored in four races and we will make a de­ci­sion along the way. If we miss a run it will likely be the start of her prep rather than end of her prep.”


FLY­ING START: Winx dur­ing her vic­to­ri­ous bar­rier trial at Rand­wick yes­ter­day.

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