Chris Waller Owns Day Two of The Championships
The news of Winx’s win in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes is several days old by now, but we simply had to supply some thoughts after watching the race several times.
She is simply ridiculous.
She wins a 2000-metre race, but only does about 400 metres of work.
The race commentator described her as dead last for much of the race, but dead last seems a weak descriptor. Deader last?
The other horses looked to be running scared, as though something was chasing them. Something was, a nightmare of a six-year-old bay mare who has tied Black Caviar’s 25 consecutive wins.
What is next for Sydney’s super mare?
The speculation is rampant. One rumour with a bit of traction is that she will be retired.
Going out on a high note is a good way to call time, but for Winx, would anything other than a fourth Cox Plate win be a sufficiently high note?
Our fantasy scenario would be the Cox Plate, followed by a run in the Melbourne Cup, just to say she tried.
Fanciful dreaming, yes, but Winx has so inspired so many that fanciful dreaming seems all that remains. She needs one more win to set a record and to crack the $20 million earnings milestone.
The record says she won the Queen Elizabeth by 3 – ¾ lengths and our sources say she carried a starting price of $1.24.
Oh, ye of little faith.
Speaking of the Melbourne Cup and Chris Waller, he is one Melbourne Cup win away from having a statue out front of Royal Randwick, having the course renamed to Royal Waller and having a race named after him.
Make that two races.
He walked away from day two of The Championships as the winning trainer in three of the four Group 1 races held, but he came up short in the Group 1 Coolmore Legacy Stakes, with Foxplay and Kerrin McEvoy running eighth, three-and-a-half lengths back.