Winx was unlucky not to break through for a win at the highest level in her most recent start, and will make her Queensland racing debut in Saturday’s Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) ahead of her major target, the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) in a fortnight.
Winx steadily built to the task upon returning to racing this time; running seventh in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) and fifth in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) before winning the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) at a jog on March 14th.
Having since placed a credible fifth in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) and second in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) on April 11th, trainer Chris Waller is wary of the shorter distance of the Queensland Oaks this year and is confident the 2015 Sunshine Coast Guineas figures as the ideal lead-in race.
“As a lot of trainers have said it will be a different Oaks and Derby this year because they are at Doomben over 2200 metres instead of being at Eagle Farm at 2400,” Waller told AAP.
“It is a matter of keeping horses fit and happy.
“So Winx will be doing something different and she will be going to the Sunshine Coast Guineas for her first run in Queensland.”
Winx has finished outside the first three only three times over a total of ten career starts and more than stamped her claims as a serious racing prospect when taken out a pair of Sydney minor sprints on debut through the 2014 winter.
Becoming only the second runner to deliver leading filly Earthquake a racing defeat when taking out the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) first-up in spring, the Street Cry filly progressed to second behind First Seal in each of the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m).
The 2015 Sunshine Coast Guineas final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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