CHAMPION mare Winx’s star power attracted 14 separate television crews and media from Australia and around the world for her final trackwork session on Thursday morning.
Winx became unsettled and kicked the mounting yard fence in a scare on the eve of her farewell race, the Group 1 $4 million Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Winx had just completed her final work session on Thursday before a huge contingent of media when she became agitated in the mounting yard.
Trainer Chris Waller then decided to walk Winx back to the stables but the mare lashed out with her hind legs, smashing the sponsor’s sign on the mounting yard fence.
Winx, who is usually calm and professional, quickly settled down and was taken away to Waller’s nearby stables with the trainer later advising the media the mare was unharmed.
Waller took the blame for the incident as he took the ear muffs off Winx immediately after the track gallop and she became disturbed by the noise and commotion in the mounting yard.
But rather than be concerned by Winx’s wilful display, Waller said it should be interpreted as a positive signs.
“I think it shows how fresh she is and how much energy she has,’’ Waller said.
“This tells me she is ready to race on Saturday.’’
Winx was inspected by Racing NSW vets later in the morning and was cleared to race. “Winx was free in her action and no abnormalities were detected,” Racing NSW stewards tweeted.
Winx is at $1.06 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds to end her celebrated career with a 33rd consecutive win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
-from Daily Telegraph.
-Photo: Fox Sports.