Chris Waller Hesitant to Equate Winx with Black Caviar
Whilst his expression and his response indicated that Chris Waller was pleased to have Winx mentioned in the same breath with Black Caviar, he was appropriately modest in saying that his mare, unbeaten in her last 13 tries, is not yet in the same classification as the sprinter that was never bested in 25 career starts.
Waller was speaking after a recent barrier trial, the first serious outing for Winx following her spell following her second Cox Plate win back in October past.
With the Sydney autumn carnival and The Championships on the horizon, anticipation of the return of Winx have been building, although, according to Waller, “Black Caviar took all before her and the population followed her.”
Waller feels that the popularity of Winx has not ascended to that which Black Caviar enjoyed during her hay days (racing pun), but that comparing horses was a problematic proposition, since the criteria can be so subjective and the passage of time dims the memories of previous greats, such as Sunline and Makybe Diva.
In her recent trial, Winx made a clean break and it seemed as though she was being ridden conservatively, since to risk or waste her in a trial would be supreme folly.
She will trial once more before her first up appearance in the 1400 m Group 2 Apollo Stakes at Randwick on February 11.