Winx to chase 26 win streak in the spring

The Southland Times - - RACING - CHRIS ROOTS SMH

There is vic­to­ries.

The im­age of her in full stride when she lets down will en­dure for as long as her records.

And it is the fact that her own­ers ap­pre­ci­ate that beauty, and are aware that they are re­spon­si­ble for how she will be re­mem­bered, that ex­plains why a fourth Cox Plate is the only spring tar­get that makes sense.

Winx’s own­ers and her trainer, ex-pat Kiwi Chris Waller, aren’t mo­ti­vated by money. They want what is best for their horse and for her place in his­tory.

The idea of Winx run­ning in the The Ever­est is bor­der­ing on fan­ci­ful. In her 25-race un­beaten streak, Winx has never raced at 1200m. Her last ap­pear­ance at the trip was a de­feat in the Light Fin­gers Stakes as an au­tumn three-yearold.

Waller will stick to what has worked in the past two years, which is a prepa­ra­tion start­ing at 1400m with the Warwick Stakes.

Af­ter all, she has made the race, which has now been el­e­vated to Group I level and re­named in her hon­our as the Winx Stakes.

Then there is the Ge­orge Main Stakes and pos­si­bly the Craven Plate on Ever­est day or the Turn­bull Stakes in Mel­bourne, which she won last year. Then it is the Cox Plate.

‘‘It is one race at a time,’’ Waller keeps say­ing, although noth­ing is more cer­tain than that he has al­ready mapped out a pro­gram for Winx. ‘‘We will be back in the spring.’’ In the past decade, there have been great cham­pi­ons here and in Eu­rope in Makybe Diva, Black Caviar and Frankel.

While Makybe Diva was the ul­ti­mate stay­ing ma­chine, it’s bet­ter to com­pare Winx to Black Caviar and Frankel, as they, like her, just won and kept win­ning. a beauty to Winx’s

Black Caviar dom­i­nated her races, crush­ing her ri­vals with speed.

Frankel was an ag­gres­sive horse, which would build pres­sure and ex­pose his ri­vals a long away from home with the help of pace­maker Bul­let Train.

Winx has grace. And Winx also has a power that Hugh Bow­man can call on when­ever he needs it.

‘‘I know I’ve got the en­gine to round them up, but I can’t do it on my own,’’ he said af­ter the Queen El­iz­a­beth Stakes.

Ev­ery­one gets to see Winx’s power and su­pe­ri­or­ity when Bow­man asks for the ef­fort.

Like at the 300m mark on Satur­day when he set her free, leav­ing Hu­mi­dor in which tried to fol­low.

She ran 10.94 sec­onds be­tween the 400m and 200m, which was three lengths bet­ter in a small sec­tion of the race.

The power takes dif­fer­ent forms in each of her races, whether she is on the speed or back in the field. But it al­ways there. her wake,

PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES

Winx and jockey Hugh Bow­man cruise home in the Queen El­iz­a­beth Stakes at Rand­wick last Satur­day.

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