Bloodstock agent Guy Mulcaster makes his living out of seeing the potential in horses and dreamed of finding a champion.
Now he can say he has after the success of Winx.
“They don’t come around that often, she is getting up with Sunline and Surround. It’s an honour to be part of her story,” Mulcaster said.
Before she won a race, before an Epsom win, before her Cox Plate, Mulcaster was envisaging what Winx could look like under saddle at the Magic Millions Sale in 2012.
“When you look at them you are trying to imagine what they can be. A horse is probably never going to look as good as it does at the sales because they are rounded by a yearling preparation,”
Mulcaster said. “They go on to become athletes in training and that is where [trainer] Chris Waller comes in, all I can do is find what I think will develop into athletes.
“You work your life and have the grounding and you hope you can find that special horse.”
Mulcaster and Waller were impressed enough by the Street Cry filly to show her to Peter Tighe, who would become a part-owner of Winx.
“It was a case of ‘this is the one we like for you’ and then it was up to Peter. I think Debbie [Kepitis] also liked her, so she came in as well,” Mulcaster said. “It is up to the owners to spend their spare cash, we can only suggest what we like.”
The $230,000 price tag looks cheap for Winx, which has developed into racing’s pin-up girl and will look for another group 1 in the Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
But she wasn’t a one-off for Mulcaster – in the same year he found a Doncaster winner in Kermadec, Derby winner Preferment and Amicus, which got her group 1 in the Thousand Guineas in the short sales season. They join a list of group performers he has identified for the Waller yard.
“If you play cards long enough you get a four of a kind,” Mulcaster said.
While it was Mulcaster’s eye that found the filly “from a tough New Zealand mare” he prefers to be in the background as a member of a team led by Waller and backed up by vet Tim Roberts.
However there are those moments where he allows himself to be proud, and one came in a track gallop before Winx’s Apollo Stakes victory.
“It was at Randwick when I saw her flatten out at the end of her work before the Apollo,” Mulcaster said.
“She has got better every preparation and that has to be credited to Chris and the way he trains. Hopefully we will see many more wins.”
Punters are certainly expecting Winx to continue on her winning way on Saturday, backing her from $1.50 when pre-post betting opened on the Chipping Norton to be a $1.35 favourite at Ladbrokes on Friday afternoon. – Chris Roots, Sydney Morning Herald.