In just her fourth start in Melbourne, Winx cruised to one of her most effortless victories in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.
Flemington racecourse was packed with an adoring crowd flocking to catch a glimpse of the champion mare. They were not disappointed as Saturday’s win was a vintage performance by the daughter of Street Cry, one that thrilled trainer Chris Waller.
“I still think she wasn’t going that badly in Sydney but it was pleasing to see her amble up to them at the 400m like she did,’’ Waller said.
“At her last three runs, I thought at the 400m she might get beaten but almost every other start, at the 400m you see her cruise up to them and you can enjoy the last 200m.’’
She defeated a strong field that included Humidor, touted as the second-best horse in Australia after his impressive last start victory in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes.
“She flattens them and I’m talking good Group 1 horses,’’ Waller said.
“I’ve never said this before but I’ve had good horses like Kermadec and Press Statement, both Group 1 winners, and they raced Winx in the George Ryder (Stakes) last year and they were not the same after that.
“Foxplay ran second to Winx first-up but she wasn’t the same horse and was as flat as a tack for two weeks.
“But Winx comes through a race well, holds her weight and is ready for the next challenge.’’
That next challenge is her grand final for this preparation, a shot at a record third Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.
Saturday’s victory was her 21st in succession and her 14th Group 1 victory. She has earned $13,777,925 in prizemoney for owners Peter Tighe of Magic Bloodstock, Debbie Kepitis & Richard Treweeke.
Selected by Mulcaster Bloodstock, Winx was knocked down to Magic Bloodstock for $230,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. She was bought from Coolmore who sold her on behalf of her breeder John Camilleri of Fairway Thoroughbreds.