No-one knows better than Chris Waller just how rare a talent supermare Winx is – but that doesn’t stop the master trainer being amazed by her and that record 26-race winning streak.
The Street Cry seven-year-old recorded her 19th group 1 victory in the race that now carries her name, the Winx Stakes, at Randwick on Saturday and Waller was delighted at how she returned and recovered.
The queen returns: Hugh Bowman and Winx return to scale at Randwick on Saturday.
“It is probably the best she has pulled up from a first-up run,” Waller said. “Every indication is that she is back at her best. It has been there since she came back in.
“It’s amazing really. She is a freak. There are so many positive signs. She looks great, she's stronger but you want to see it, which is what happened on Saturday."
Waller admits the first-up run is always the most nerve-wracking, especially over 1400m, which is not her most comfortable journey. So he was glad to get another win on the board to take his champion past Black Caviar's streak of 25 wins.
The win gives Waller confidence going forward in a preparation that will continue in the Colgate Optic White Stakes at Randwick on September 15, with the ultimate goal being an unprecedented fourth Cox Plate.
Winning streak: Chris Waller enjoys the spoils of victory.
"The George Main in four weeks, is the logical next step," Waller said. "We like to space her races, and that's what has given her longevity, and what has her as good as she is and loking at a fourth Cox Plate."
That means Waller will have a month to prepare Winx for her next appearance, but that is the easy part of being her trainer.
“It is pretty straight forward with her. We don’t have to give her searching gallops or hard trials, she is just an amazing athlete,” he said.
“She doesn’t get away on you. She stays the same weight. We have all the checks in place to ensure it doesn’t change.
“She is a very hard horse to train from the pressure and expectation point of view but from a training perspective, she is a marvel.
“It is just keep it simple with her, keep it safe and she will do the rest and continue on. That is rare, very rare to have in any horse, yet alone Winx.
“When a horse is going the speed she does, and power she has, it is like a formula 1 race car. You've got to be careful that everything is in place. You don’t want to push her to the limit and fortunately we don't have to do that."
Jockey Hugh Bowman hinted that there was still improvement in Winx after she swept aside four group 1 winners at Randwick.
"I was interested yesterday when I went to get on her, I didn’t think she looked quite as good in the coat as I thought she was going to look," Bowman said on Sky channel. "To me that suggests there is only improvement there."
Stamp of approval: Hugh Bowman shows off the Winx stamp.
Waller also thinks there is natural improvement in Winx but said her coat dsidn't really come through until well into spring.
"Her coat usually comes right the week after the Cox Plate, so it doesn’t have any effect on her performance," he said. "It is more a talking point. She doesn’t get clipped like many horses but she is very well on the inside."
Meanwhile, the Winx $1 stamp to commemorate her Australian record 26th consecutive win will go on sale this week.
"It is a fitting tribute to such a significant sporting achievement and amazing racehorse," Australia Post philatelic manager Michael Zsolt said. "The beautiful artwork on the stamp, and what it represents, will no doubt appeal to horse racing enthusiasts and collectors alike."
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