Winx Loses 15th Consecutive Trial Waller Not Worried
Chris Waller did his best last week to damp the enthusiasm surrounding the return of Winx to Royal Randwick, where she ran her first of two barrier trials as a lead-up to her return to racing in August.
Waller told anyone who would listen to manage their expectations, since it was, after all, nothing but a trial to reacquaint the champion with jumping against other horses.
She has never won a trial in 15 attempts, but this one did exceed Waller’s muted predictions. Over 900 m, Winx came from last to conclude in third, her best trial at Randwick.
Hugh Bowman, in comments published by the Daily Telegraph, said, “She feels to me as though she has strengthened up a little bit with natural development and it’s probably as good as she has ever trialed in all honesty. She was very relaxed early on in the trial and when I got in some open space in the final 200m she really surged to the line.”
As reported by us earlier, Winx is focused on entering the realm of three-time Cox Plates, a realm where the only other occupant is Kingston Town.
Waller went on the discuss the prospect of taking Winx overseas, possibly to Royal Ascot, but in all probability not until the autumn of 2018 in Australia is concluded.
A venture to race in England might legitimately be viewed as a farewell tour, even though Winx still seems strong, willing to race and possibly still developing.
The risk of continuing to race her, however, possibly outweighs her value as a contributor to the gene pool. She truly has nothing left to prove, other than perhaps matching or passing Black Caviar for consecutive wins.
Black Caviar, for those who appreciate such things, won both her trials and when she won the Group 2 Danehill Stakes at Flemington in 2009, she never again raced in any race below that grade.