Chris Waller Releases Winx Schedule For Spring Racing Campaign

How would you like to work five times over the next four months? We would definitely like that opportunity, so looking at the spring campaign Chris Waller has lined up for Winx makes us immediately envious of the super mare’s workload.

She may work even less than that, for Waller has not fully committed to running her at Randwick or Caulfield on October 14. Whether that is out of a feeling that Winx will not get her deserved share of the attention or the concern that attention directed towards her will distract from the hoopla surrounding the first running of The Everest on that same day is merely fodder for speculation, unless Waller himself were to supply clarification.

Her primary target, of course, will be a third Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on October 28, where a third consecutive win would put the mare squarely in the class of Kingston Town.

First up will be the Group 2 Warwick Stakes, followed by the Chelmsford Stakes. It is hard to imagine her losing either one of those. The more sticky issue will be trying to fill a field with legitimate contenders, or simply to fill a field, period.

She will be attempting to defend her 2016 Group 1 George Main Stakes at Royal Randwick on October 28, which would again put her in the conversation with two-time winner Kingston Town.

So, Winx will work four or five times over the course of the spring carnivals. We could easily adapt to such a schedule, until we stop to consider that, combined, she will be working for less than 10 minutes. Those who pay our wages might wryly claim that we do not do 10 minutes’ worth of work all year. Many of our readers might express similar sentiments.

Winx could possibly move to the top of the world rankings in short order, too, as the only one ahead of her, Arrogate, was ambushed and finished fourth in the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar racecourse in California.

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