Winx might get beaten this week

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - RACING EXPRESS -

– Won­der mare Winx steps up her “farewell to rac­ing” cam­paign to­mor­row when she takes part in a bar­rier trial at Rose­hill Race­course over 900m.

Winx tri­alled is noth­ing like Winx rac­ing. She has won her past 29 races in a row but has won just two tri­als out of a ca­reer to­tal of 22.

How­ever, she will still have the at­ten­tion of the rac­ing world as she makes her first pub­lic ap­pear­ance for 2019.

Given that she is a ris­ing eight-year-old this au­tumn, her trial will be ea­gerly scru­ti­nised, but the word from her trainer, Chris Waller, is that he can­not see a change in the horse since her spring cam­paign – in which she won a record fourth Cox Plate.

Winx has nine ri­vals in the trial, headed by Group 1 win­ners Al­izee and Ace High.

It is ex­pected Winx will trial once more and pos­si­bly have a race-day ex­hi­bi­tion gal­lop be­fore she goes for her 30th vic­tory in a row in the Group 2 $250,000 Apollo Stakes over 1400m at Rand­wick on 16 Fe­bru­ary. –

Syd­ney

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