ATC Announces Warwick Stakes to be Renamed Winx Stakes
Just the other day, we were mentioning that Chris Waller’s recent haul at The Championships, where he prepared the horses that won three of the four Group 1 races held on day two, combined with the rest of his career and his association with a certain Sydney mare, warranted a race being named in his honour.
We were only slightly surprised, therefore. To discover that the Group 2 weight-for-age Warwick Stakes at Randwick would be renamed to honour Winx and elevated to Group 1 status.
She is certainly deserving, considering that her recent win, her second, in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes tied her with Black Caviar for most consecutive wins, 25, and took her to just a smidge under $19 million in prizemoney, the record previously occupied by Makybe Diva for flats racing in Australia.
Winx has 18 Group 1 wins
We can only guess at Waller and Winx’s connections future plans are for the mare. On the one hand, we would like to see her run until she is beaten, on the other, we would like to see her produce progeny and not risk catastrophe and we suspect that much the same lines of thinking are going on in the Winx camp.
The ATC announced the renaming of the race and the boost in status and prizemoney on Wednesday.
Responding to the accolade, Waller said, “It’s a huge honour and that’s one of the many honours she will receive now and into the future. She’s heading into the second stage of her life now, partly still a racehorse and as a mum in the future.We’re looking forward to each and every day we get to spend with Winx.Whether that’s running in the Winx Stakes or other races.”
Waller, when questioned, did speak of a spring campaign for Winx, but would not get into specifics for any plans when she returns as a seven-year-old.
Winx has won the Warwick Stakes twice, but it would certainly be a singular feat if she was to win her namesake race in the spring and it has been her first-up run in the past.