Winx keeps march­ing on

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ad­mit­ted to a few anx­ious mo­ments turn­ing into the home straight.

The jockey said the strong tempo, which was set by sta­ble­mate Religify, had con­trib­uted to her need­ing to chase ear­lier than he had planned. “It’s the first time I have nig­gled her around the cor­ner in a 1600me­tre race but I guess that’s (due to) a cou­ple of things.

“The pace we were go­ing and the class of horses she races against, they are the best in the coun­try,” Bow­man said.

Winx sur­passed un­beaten mare Black Caviar's record of 25 wins last month but Bow­man was re­luc­tant to com­pare the pair or those from past gen­er­a­tions such as three-time Mel­bourne Cup hero­ine Makybe Diva. “She gives so many peo­ple so much to look for­ward to. Peo­ple that might not have much to look for­ward to in life, this mare gives them some­thing to look for­ward to watch­ing,” he said.

“We’ll be lucky to see another one like her, while I’m alive any­way, I think that is a given. How lucky I am to be in­volved with such a horse.”

Waller said Winx’s abil­ity to sus­tain a long run and quicken when re­quired again came to fruition late in the race.

“Le Ro­main is a very good horse and had ev­ery right to take us all the way to the 200 me­tres and she had ev­ery right to get on top of them over the last 200 me­tres and that is how it panned out,” Waller said.

“If you ex­pect to win races at the 300 me­tres ev­ery­time you will prob­a­bly come off sec­ond best but it was a well judged ride by Hughie.”

Waller said the Turn­bull Stakes at Flem­ing­ton on Oc­to­ber 6 looms as Winx’s next start and fi­nal lead-up to her at­tempt at a his­toric fourth Cox

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