Winx ‘on track’ for 30th win

Winx in training for Saturday's race at Randwick


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Leading trainer Chris Waller looks on as champion hoop Hugh Bowman unsaddles super star Winx with strappers Umut Odemislioglu (second from left) and Candice Persijn (obscured) in front of hundreds of fans who flocked to watch the great mare gallop early last Saturday morning at Randwick. Photo Virginia Harvey

Leading trainer Chris Waller looks on as champion hoop Hugh Bowman unsaddles super star Winx with strappers Umut Odemislioglu (second from left) and Candice Persijn (obscured) in front of hundreds of fans who flocked to watch the great mare gallop early last Saturday morning at Randwick. Photo Virginia Harvey

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Hundreds of fans turned out to see Winx train on Saturday.

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IN A special exhibition gallop during trackwork early last Saturday morning and which saw hundreds of fans turn out to watch, super horse Winx demonstrated that she is “on track” during her work to take her career tally to 30 straight wins when she competes in the ATC Apollo Stakes-G2 at Randwick this Saturday.

Ridden by regular jockey Hugh Bowman, Winx worked over 1400 metres with Group 1 winning stable companion Egg Tart (and hoop Brenton Avdulla up) in front of about 500 people.

The seven-year-old mare looked well, with her Rosehill trainer stating that “she is very well, and went through her paces (that morning) well.”

Winx – along with her working companion Egg Tart, was in a relaxed mode and walked around easily with her ear muffs and bell-boots on in front of the big crowd which had first gathered in the tie-up stalls prior to her work.

“There are a lot of little things she (Winx) gets before her trackwork”, said her Rosehill trainer Chris Waller.

“She gets stretches every morning, and a lot of walking to keep her warm, as well as physio, back at the stables.”

Winning two previous Apollo Stakes, Winx is then expected to progress to the Chipping Norton Stakes-G1 also at Randwick, the George Ryder Stakes-G1 at Rosehill (on Golden Slipper day), before culminating in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes-G1 at Randwick on April 13.

The latter race likely to be her swansong race before retiring to stud.

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