Sydney’ leading trainer Chris Waller had just won a staying race with Ombudsman (NZ) at Randwick on Saturday, his 175th Sydney winner so far this season, when the discussion inevitably turned to his world champion mare Winx and her latest preparation.
“She is not far away from trialling, she is going terrific. Hugh came out and rode her on Thursday morning and Hugh pulled up well, but Winx pulled up better you could say,” he said with a grin.
“I could not be happier with her, Hugh was happy with her, she is fantastic. It is repetitive what I am saying, but I am so proud of where she is at in this stage of her career, she is picture perfect and she is in for one hell of a spring,” he added in a clear warning to her likely rivals
Winx, now a rising seven-year-old Street Cry mare, is likely to commence her 2018 spring in the race recently renamed after her, the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on August 18th.
The mare is the highest rated horse in the world at 130 in the latest LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings in June. She will looked to add to her outstanding record of 29 wins and three seconds from 35 starts with stake earnings nearing the $20 million mare at $18,998,424.
Chris Waller discusses his champion mare Winx, picture Sportpix.com.au