Winx Transcends Generations Evoking Memories of Phar Lap Kingstown Town
Winx is still the toast of the town of Sydney, all of Oz, for that matter, more so for her miraculous run in the Group 2 Bob Ingham Warwick Stakes the week past that left no doubt as to which is the Queen of the Turf.
Trainer Chris Waller was recently singing a Winx ode when he passed off the Winx win following a barrier blunder that left some concern that the mare had had to over-exert herself for the win as just another day at the races.
“She has pulled up really well and at this stage I would say she will be back here in two weeks for the Chelmsford,’’ Waller said. “I don’t want her to have four weeks between runs.’’ That certainly is good news for the legion on Winx fans, who seemingly cannot get enough of her to the extent that Winx jammies sales have left many a vendor out of stock.
Jockey Hugh Bowman was much less of a cool cucumber, saying, “I was a bit worried going past the 700m because of the way the track conditions are, they are running really slick times. I was thinking it could be mathematically impossible to catch them but there was nothing I could do about that, I just had to rely on the engine that I know is in her.”
In our book, while we have always acknowledged that Bowman is the intellectual equal of any hoop in the game of racing, the admission that he was doing math while letting Winx run down her rivals may have moved him far ahead in terms of racing savvy.
Chris Waller was quick to pick up on that cue, saying that Bowman’s coolness under pressure is one of the primary forces behind the 18-win streak that would seem soon to be 19.
Winx owners Peter Tighe and Debbie Kapitis admitted to some sense of panic as their horse spotted the field four lengths on the jump, but now all is restored to serenity as we await the next group of Winx victims in the Chelmsford Stakes.