Winx Trial at Randwick Shows Her Calm and Composed in Barrier
If someone were interested in finding fault by any possible measure, it could be possible to say that Winx has failed yet again in a barrier trial.
The might mare, as best we can determine, from 17 trials, the only one she has ever won came in August of 2017 at Randwick.
All the same, trainer Chris Waller and jockey Hugh Bowman seem of like mind when they say that Winx has at least a bit of room for improvement.
She is due to run the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400 m) at Randwick on February 17 when she starts up for her autumn campaign. She has won the last two times she jumped in the Apollo Stakes, so the sixth place finish from her most recent trial is of little concern.
Waller was asked if Winx could get better when she posted odds of $1.08 on the TAB’s all-in market, to which he replied, “It’s hard to say.”
“It’s a question that I would have said last year that ‘no, it’s not, because it’s just impossible. She is a freak animal and as we’ve seen each decade there has been one or two and (when) she is at that level it’s hard to say how do you run faster and win more races.”
Bowman expressed similar sentiments, along with the insight that Winx seemed to be better settled in the barrier, telling The Daily Telegraph, “She would get quite agitated in the barriers last preparation, which we saw when she missed the start first-up,” he said. “But this morning she was very relaxed.She seems more comfortable at this stage of the preparation than she was last time. She was very smooth in her action.”
The one issue Winx had in the barrier during last year’s Warwick Stakes was cause for great consternation that did not subside, even after she spotted the field six lengths on the jump, and then rode them down for the win.
In keeping with his pattern, Waller will trial her one more time at Rosehill.
Maybe she can win a second trial.