Chris Waller and Hugh Bowman were both left pleasantly surprised with the arrogant nature of Winx’s victory in the $175,000 Coolmore Furious Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick.
Winx stretched her unbeaten run to three, claiming the Group 2 classic with absolute ease, cruising away in the straight to defeat Alpha Miss by almost three lengths with Earthquake, a further half head away in third.
“I’ve always thought she was good, I didn’t expect her to do that today though,” Waller said.
“Maybe the win can be deceiving because of the wet track, we will know more about her in two weeks time in the Tea Rose Stakes but it was exciting to watch.
“But I’d like to see her do it again on a dry track, that is the only box she hasn’t ticked. I think she will.”
Winx, who recorded two wins in the midst of winter, settled off the speed and gave her rivals a cold after topping the rise.
“She was very impressive, she gave me a beautiful feel throughout the race, I still feel that she is not ready made yet, everything fell in to place for us today, she certainly is a top filly in the making,” Bowman said.
“It surprised me, not so much because of the strength of the opposition, one the fact I’ve had nothing to do with her and two just watching her replays, she looked to me as though she is a mile type filly.
“I felt against this lot over 1200m she would have her work cut out but she didn’t disappoint.
“It is hard to really judge them on heavy ground, it is hard to judge them when you are riding against the best because she put them away and I didn’t know whether the others were coming or not so, she is exctiting.”
Bookmakers immediately elevated Winx to the top of betting for the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) but Chris Waller indicated she was likely to stay in Sydney for the Flight Stakes, run a week earlier at Randwick.