The Chris Waller stable has indicated a Flight Stakes 2014 campaign could be on the cards for promising filly Winx after she kept her undefeated record intact with a Rosehill Gardens win over the weekend.
The two-year-old daughter of Street Cry, who sired 2009 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking, kicked things off on a winning note in Sydney for Waller taking out the first when saluting as the odds-on $1.45 favourite in the $85,000 TAB Early Quaddie Handicap (1400m).
Ridden by Jason Collett, the rising three-year-old enjoyed the firm Good (3) track and easily accounted for the boys when defeating the Gerald Ryan-trained Inz’n’out ($5), previously undefeated having won their opening two career starts this winter, by one and a half lengths.
In third a further three quarters of a length away was then Gai Waterhouse’s Al Maher gelding Another Al ($14) who got in on just 52.5kg after a claim from apprentice Winona Costin.
It was an exciting finish after Winx, settled in third on the rails, showed a brilliant late burst to outsprint Inz’n’out and win running away over the final 600m.
“It was bit of heart in your mouth stuff there,” Waller’s stable representative Liam Prior said.
“She was never really in trouble but when Jason asked her for an effort about the 300m she took a couple of strides to pick up.
“But when she got to the outside of the other runners at about the furlong (200m) she quickly reeled in the leaders and won well.”
The win was Winx’s second from as many career starts and took her prize money to up over $100,000.
It was also the first of an eventual four for Waller on the card thanks to subsequent wins by Abbasso (Race 2), Secessio in the $100,000 Listed Winter Cup (2400m) where Waller took out the First Four and Done Nothin’ Wrong (Race 7).
Waller has now prepared 11 two-year-old race winners this season, with Winx looking one of the most promising out of that contingent.
A $230,000 buy from the Magic Millions 2013 Gold Coast Yearling Sale last year, Winx debuted at Warwick Farm on June 4 with an 1100m victory.
She appreciated the extra distance at Rosehill over the weekend then indicating better things to come this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
“Winx is not bred to be a two-year-old but when you get them to the races and they win two in a row, and collect BOBs bonuses, they can earn a fair chunk of cash which this filly has now,” Prior said.
“Chris has a lot of nice young horses and if we look after them they will make nice three-year-olds, particularly this filly.”
Prior suggested she could be suitable for a shot at the $400,000 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on October 4 on Epsom Handicap Day.
“She looks the right type to aim at a race like the Flight Stakes,” Prior told The Sunday Telegraph.
“I think she showed by jumping straight from an 1100m race to 1400m and beating the ‘boys’ that she is a filly that will appreciate further.
“It will be up to the boss to work out how long she has off now before the new season.”
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