Bookies Upset With Chris Waller over Winx Surgery
Chris Waller has told critics of the manner in which he made the bone chip issue affecting Winx public to hush.
Things came to a head when betting operators expressed the opinion that they and the public should have been informed sooner, rather than when they actually were informed.
The rumour mill went into full swing after Winx won the Doncaster Mile on day one of The Championships April past, but failed to take part in the Queen Elizabeth stakes the following weekend.
Waller claimed it was out of an overabundance of caution on his part, as he pondered the potential outcome of surgery for a minor issue that had obviously never negatively affected the horse’s results.
“On my son’s life, Winx has never had a day’s lameness,” Waller was heard to say, an obviously true statement from a racing perspective.
Winx was x-rayed 42 times with only one of those showing the small floating bone chip for which Winx underwent surgery.
Waller quite naturally wrestled with the decision to have the chip removed, as surgical outcomes are always uncertain, horse, human or other species.
The brouhaha arose, however, because wagering operators have been taking bets for Winx’s defense of the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in October without advance knowledge of this market affecting issue.