Winx Runs Off With Group 1 Chipping Norton
It may have been a bit of a risk to run Winx on a heavy and deteriorating track at Caulfield in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes on Saturday, but it was a well-calculated risk that led trainer Chris Waller to put her out after first considering scratching her.
A hoof stuck in the mud could have had serious implications, none of those implications of a positive nature, and even though the other horses in the field dealt with the same level of risk, it would have to be acknowledged that losing Winx to any kind of injury was a higher level of risk.
The mighty mare won with ease, what seemed like two lengths, for her 15th consecutive win, and it would seem that she will conclude her autumn campaign at 17 unbeaten, as she will run the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes and the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes with no true challenger in the barrier alongside her.
It looks as though she has reached peak form, has been there for what seems like forever, and shows no signs of decline.
About all that remains for her is the prizemoney mark of Makybe Diva, which is astounding to consider, given that Winx will never set foot in the Melbourne Cup. There is even talk of her equaling the 25 consecutive of Black Caviar, but that is mainly hollow banter, as it is hard to conceive of Waller risking his cash-generating machine enough times to equal Caviar.