Winx workout pleases trainer and jockey
CHAMPION Winx cruised through her final workout on Thursday morning, pleasing trainer Chris Waller and jockey Hugh Bowman ahead of the Group 2 $250,000 Chelmsford Stakes at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Winx galloped solo wide out on the Rosehill course proper and although she wasn't out to make time, she showed that her tough first-up run to win the Warwick Stakes nearly two weeks ago has not taken anything out of her.
The mighty mare wore the ear muffs in the gallop which she will do on Saturday in an endeavour to ensure she doesn't become fractious in the barriers and miss the start badly again like she did in the Warwick Stakes.
"Her engine is quite unique," Bowman said. "I've never ridden another horse like her.
"She has the rare ability to overcome adversity is what makes her a true champion."
Waller said Winx would strip fitter again for the Chelmsford where she is $1.08 favourite on TAB Fixed Odds to win her 19th race in succession.
"She is 3kg-4kg lighter than she was before the Warwick Stakes," Waller said.
"We gave her a really solid gallop on Tuesday where she was very impressive so this morning was more a maintenance gallop.
"We are really pleased with her, she has done everything right since the Warwick Stakes."