TRAINER Chris Waller has ominously declared Winx to be at the peak of her form and fitness as she prepares for a tilt at her third successive WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
Sydney’s super mare looks to have the $3.5 million Cox Plate at her mercy, although Waller is guarding against complacency creeping into the Winx camp.
But Winx, the $1.15 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds, is poised to equal Kingston Town’s unique Cox Plate hat-trick, join Black Caviar with a record 15th Group 1 win, and take her prize money to more than $15.5m, smashing the all-time earnings record of another great mare, Makybe Diva, who won $14.52m.
Waller watched Winx go through her final workout at Flemington Park on Thursday morning and said the champion mare was in fine shape ahead of Saturday’s big race.
“Before the Cox Plate last year, we said there needed to be a champion to beat her because she was as good as we could have her,’’ Waller said.
“Nothing has changed going into this year’s Cox Plate. Her ‘semi-final’ run in the Turnbull Stakes was very impressive and although it will be a stronger field (Saturday), her work, the perfect three-week gap between races, it couldn’t have been better.
“That to me would suggest she is very well.
“She looks in great condition, her coat is starting to come through nicely, her blood levels are good — every check that we are looking for has been perfect.’’
“With horseracing you never get too far ahead of yourself, we have all seen what can happen in horseracing and in any sport for that matter,’’ Waller said.
“It was only seven days ago Australia beat New Zealand in the last round of the Bledisloe Cup and we see it (upsets) in sport every day of the week.
“With any animal or any sportsperson you are always a little cautious of what may go wrong, but we know we have got the right horse, great jockey and right race.’’
-From Daily Telegraph
Photo: Winx preparing at Moonee Valley. (abc.com).