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Winx Warming Up for Autumn

Champion mare Winx has returned to work with trainer Chris Waller as she eyes further Group 1 riches in the coming autumn.

Last season’s Sydney Autumn Carnival was the beginning of an unbeaten 2016 for Winx. She won the Group 2 Apollo Stakes before capturing a Group 1 hat-trick in the Chipping Norton Stakes, George Ryder Stakes and culminated in a gallant victory in the Doncaster Mile.

The five-year-old mare will have similar races on her radar this season, with a final campaign yet to be confirmed. One possible target could be the Group 1 $4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Selected by Mulcaster Bloodstock for Peter Tighe’s Magic Bloodstock, Winx was purchased by Magic Bloodstock for $230,000 from Coolmore at Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale in 2013. She has earned $9,348,175 from her 17 wins for owners Tighe, Richard Treweeke and Debbie Kepitis.

The Magic Millions Sale is just around the corner and we will be back once again searching for horses just like Winx. While it is hard to expect to find another as good as her, we will be doing our best to find plenty of winners.

Other horses entering the stable soon include the 10 horses we purchased at the Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale in October and the a sole purchase from Arqana’s Horses In Training from November.

The horses have cleared quarantine, settled into their new surroundings well and have just entered pre-training. They will spend four to six weeks with the pre-trainers before joining the team at Chris Waller Racing.

No immediate plans have been set for this crop of European imports and plans won’t be made until Chris has them in the stable and has a chance to assess them.

One horse that could be set for stakes races this autumn is Carzoff, purchased in France. Already a stakes performer, the son of Zoffany has proven he is up to black-type company in the Northern Hemisphere and we hope to see him do the same in Australia.

As the weather warms up so are many of our autumn horses and we all look forward to seeing them hit the track in the coming months.