WINX, Sydney’s super mare, has returned to trainer
Chris Waller’s Rosehill stables to begin preparations for a
new season race campaign.
Waller said Hall of Famer Winx has enjoyed a good spell after
her Queen Elizabeth Stakes win during The Championship back in
The champion mare has spent the last four weeks in pre-training
and Waller said he is “very happy” with how the mare has
returned from her winter break.
“She appears as to have filled out a little and this is backed
up by the scales (as she is) weighing 534kgs which is up about
5kgs at the same stage of her previous preparation,’’ Waller
Winx, who is on a 17-race unbeaten streak stretching more than
two years, is being geared towards a comeback in the Group 2
$250,000 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm on August 19.
“The Warwick Stakes is likely to be our starting point for her
spring campaign, however I would like to get the next two weeks
of training out of the way before locking in definite races,’’
“Naturally the spring program generally defines itself leading
towards the Cox Plate and my intentions will be no different,
spacing her races throughout to get her there in the best
Waller has restricted Winx to four race starts during each of
her last three campaigns and the trainer can pick and choose
his races through the coming spring carnival to have the mare
ready to attempt a third successive Cox Plate at Moonee Valley
on October 28.
Sydney’s revised spring weight-for-age race program which is
expected to be confirmed later this week provides Waller with
various options for Winx including races like the George Main
Stakes (September 16), Hill Stakes (September 30) and Craven
Plate (October 14).
Originally published as
Winx preparing to step up to Plate