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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Trainer Chris Waller declares Winx at home at Caulfield

Leading trainer Chris Waller maintains a fear of the Caulfield racecourse was the furthest thing from his mind when he braved the cold conditions on Wednesday morning to give his champion mare Winx her first look at the track.
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In the past, so many quality racehorses, such as Kingston Town, have failed to negotiate their way around Caulfield and found the racecourse a significant stumbling block each and every spring and autumn.

It seemed that over the decades many visiting Sydney gallopers, including some of the finest racehorses of their day, could not cope with racing in a left-handed direction after having done all their racing in a right-handed direction in their home state.

However, Waller said it was the least of his worries how Winx would adapt to the tight turns of Caulfield, believing his weight-for-age champion was at home when racing in the Victorian direction.

“Really, I think she is more comfortable going left-handed than right-handed. It’s not that she struggles the Sydney way, it’s just that Hughie [Bowman] and I agree she’s just more comfortable the Melbourne way of going.

“But, as far as her workout goes, I couldn’t be happier.

“She started 100 metres ahead of her stable mate Foxplay and they did a good bit of work, but it was more her to have a good look around before having her first run at the track on Saturday,” Waller said.

Winx will take her final step towards winning back-to-back Cox Plates when she starts in the $600,000 Caulfield Stakes.

And for the first time in many years, the race will only have three competitors in form weight-for-age galloper Black Heart Bart and He Or She.

Again Waller is not moved by the lack of numbers. “It’s not a concern,” he said. “It’s a surprise, but it’s not a concern.”

Waller maintains that it was important to bring Winx across town on Wednesday morning to gallop the mare because “it releases a bit of tension” from arguably one of the world’s finest race mares.

“You have got to understand that she’s a terribly focused racehorse come race day. She’s very professional and I just think a trip across town can, in a way, alleviate a bit of tension.

“She’s the ideal racehorse and she does whatever she’s asked to do, but the move to bring her to Caulfield was important in her preparation this spring.”

Waller said Winx had held her condition well after her successful Sydney autumn carnival and was excited leading up to her next Cox Plate.

Waller took Foxplay to Caulfield on Wednesday for him to familiarise himself with the track before his assignment in the $1 million Caulfield Guineas.

“Foxplay and Winx came down on the float together from Sydney, they are boxed together at Flemington, they came out from the same float today and will be next to each other at Caulfield on Saturday.

“Let’s hope we are celebrating both of them come next Saturday night.”

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