Champion mare Winx has notched her 8th win at the elite level with another superior performance in Saturday’s Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m).
The daughter of Street Cry proved much too good in the small field at just her second start in Melbourne. She reeled Black Heart Bart before accelerating away for a widening two length victory. He or She was another four lengths adrift in third and last place.
Winx will now head to Moonee Valley for another G1 Cox Plate in a fortnight. She is quoted at $1.90 to go back-to-back in Australia’s weight-for-age championship ahead of Hartnell ($3) and Black Heart Bat ($15).
“It was always going to be a sprint home and that’s why I switched out at the 600m,” winning rider Hugh Bowman said. “She got a little uncomfortable on the corner which Sydney horses can do here at Caulfield.
“But bring on the Cox Plate.”
Trainer Chris Waller admitted to pre-race nerves with the expectation of saddling up a champion. “It’s great for racing,” he said. “There’s some really good horses coming together over the next few weeks and I think it’s going to be a great carnival.”
“It’s a privilege to be involved in racing with a horse like Winx. She takes it to another level and will be ready to step up in two week’s time.”
Winx was purchased for $230,000 from the Coolmore Stud draft at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions. Bred by Fairway Thoroughbreds, she is raced by Peter Tighe in partnership with Richard Treweeke and Debbie Kepitis.
Her stakes winning dam Vegas Showgirl (Al Akbar) has quickly established herself as one of the country’s most valuable broodmares. She has also foaled last season’s Group winning juvenile El Divino.