The Everest Dramatically Shifts the Australian Racing Hierarchy
Prior to 2017 and the inaugural running of The Everest at Randwick, we might have been forecasting the Melbourne Cup, which horses would be running, how they were performing and things of that nature.
Now, the Melbourne Cup talk has to wait until after the October 13 running of The Everest to regain the level of attention it once enjoyed.
Racing punters are more interested in the here and now; however, so even October 13 seems like a distant point in the future.
This week, the focus is on the Group 1 Warwick Stakes at Randwick; excuse us, the Winx Stakes, when the Sydney super mare makes her much anticipated return to racing.
The ATC, or whoever calls the shots on race names, might soon want to consider naming a race for Chris Waller, along with some variations. Thing along the lines of the Chris Waller Stakes, the Chris Waller Handicap, etc.
The country’s most successful trainer might field three or four runners in the Winx Stakes, as it is doubtful the ATC could fill the field otherwise.
She had to beat only seven others in last year’s Warwick Stakes. Two of those were Waller horses. Waller’s Foxplay came in second by a head, but it is hard to think the horse was out there for any other reason than to serve escort duty.
Waller was upbeat about his superstar with his recent comments.
“She’s fit and ready to go so she’ll do her final pieces of work on Tuesday and Thursday,” Waller said.“I just can’t believe how well she’s come up.She’s picture perfect.”
She is going for her 26th consecutive win and is on her way to trying to make Kingston Town a clear second in terms of number of Cox Plate wins.
Winx recently turned seven and it is hard to see her running beyond this spring, which raises the next issue, that of how good a mum she will make.