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Even Mulcaster’s wildest dream couldn’t have imagined Winx

Guy Mulcaster will always be the man who found Winx but he has never seen her win a Cox Plate live – and as she shoots for No.4 on Saturday he is once again in England.

The bloodstock agent, who works closely with the Chris Waller stable, is getting ready for a tried horse sale in England, but will be up early to watch his star find.

“It is a great advertisement for my business that she just keeps winning,” Mulcaster said. “I might not get to see her do it at this time of year, but I’m always watching on TV.

“There is work to do over here, so it’s part of the job to miss the Cox Plate. Me not being there isn’t going to change anything.”

The bloodstock agent, who works closely with the Chris Waller stable, is getting ready for a tried horse sale in England, but will be up early to watch his star find.

Mulcaster admits Winx’s astonishing record had surpassed his expectations.

“You dream what they might do but would never think they can do what she has done,” he said.

“You would be mad if you did.”

That’s what passers-by might have thought of Mulcaster three years ago when he was in the streets watching the Cox Plate.

“The first one was hardest for me because I was staying in a hotel, which didn’t have the racing channel,” Mulcaster remembered.

“So I went out at 6 in the morning and actually saw it through the window of a closed pub, which had left a TV on.

“I knew the colours so it worked all right, but people walking past would have wondered why I was so excited.”

“You dream what they might do but would never think they can do what she has done.”

Mulcaster picked out the daughter of Street Cry before part-owner Peter Tighe did the bidding on lot 329 at the Magic Millions in 2013. He is low-key about what he saw in the great mare. He admits to trying to imagine horses on the racecourse.

Mulcaster didn’t see Winx having won 32 races, and 21 group 1s. He certainly didn’t dream of a 28-race unbeaten run. She draws attention to the mild-mannered Mulcaster whenever he is at a horse sale.

“She is known all around the world now,” he said.

“It is funny being over here because every time she runs and every time she wins, she is the talking point the next morning.

“They have a great appreciation of her in the northern hemisphere and the thing that amazes them is that she has kept the sequence going, but that is down to good management and handling by Chris.

“To have horse to last at the top level for this long is amazing.

“Horses at the very top don’t have a huge longevity there, because there is always another coming through. She has done it year in, year out.”

Mulcaster has bought hundreds of horses but he has been asked as many questions about them all combined as he has answered with Winx.

He is commonly asked what he saw in her but he simply explains how he makes decisions on horses.

“You try to imagine what they will look like under the saddle and what sort of athlete they will be,” Mulcaster said.

“You couldn’t have imagined Winx and what she has become.

“I’m just trying to give Chris the best type of horse to work with and he is the one who makes them into athletes.

“If you play cards long enough you get a four of a kind. Hopefully we have found one in Winx.” – Chris Roots, Sydney Morning Herald