Winx Leaves Turnbull

So, what next, O Mighty Mare?

Apparently, Winx has some detractors, detractors who trainer Chris Waller wasted no time dismissing recently.

As if a 6.5 length victory in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (1600 m) Saturday past were not enough indication that Winx’s form is peaking, Waller did not fail to mention that following the victory, she went back to her hotel room and ate the entire contents of her mini-bar.

“Most horses leave 10 to 30 per cent of feed after they’ve had a race. It’s a good sign that she ate up everything,” Waller said on RSN in a recent interview.

It is time for the would-be competitors in the Cox Plate to consider new avenues of revenue. Code hopping should not be limited to humans. Pulling sulkies or jumping barriers, perhaps.

Waller has three weeks to kill until the Cox Plate on October 28. Slowing her down a bit might be the ticket. She ran the last 600 m of the Turnbull in under 32 seconds.

Waller does have a certain creative streak that was in full display when he responded to neigh sayers who were bleating clamorously after her first spring race. “At her first run back she missed the start by five lengths and won by a length and a half so in affect she won by six and a half lengths,” he said. He then went on to evoke comparisons between Winx and Black Caviar.

What amazes us is that Winx jumped at $1.20. Victorian oddsmakers must have been feeling unusually generous. Still, punters could have made out better picking Ventura Storm to finish second. Those who backed Humidor, well, not so much. Maybe the Victorian bookies needed to think of any way possible to get punters to participate.

Waller will be sleeping in the stalls until the Cox Plate. He has little else to do, other than adding or subtracting earmuffs. “They (earmuffs) got her back on track in the barriers. It was time to take them off.”

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