Waller Rules Out 2015 Queensland Derby for Winx

Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller has all but ruled out a final acceptance for his classy Queensland Oaks winner Winx to take on the boys in the Queensland Derby 2015 on the short back-up this weekend at Doomben Racecourse.


Queensland Oaks winner Winx is likely to target a race like the 2015 Myer Classic in Melbourne during the spring upon her return to racing. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Street Cry filly Winx stole the show as her odds-on price suggested she would when putting close to four lengths on her closest rival in a come from behind win in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) last Saturday.

While ultra-impressed with her effort, Waller was reluctant to confirm her for a shot at back-to-back three-year-old Group 1 wins this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival saying the seven days into the $600,000 Group 1 Channel 7 Queensland Derby (2200m) over the same track and distance on Stradbroke Handicap Day could be too much to handle.

Waller, who celebrated his impressive 13th Group 1 win of the season in the Oaks, enjoyed a win in the Queensland Derby back in 2013 with Hawkspur completing the Grand Prix Stakes – Derby double as the punters’ pick.

He is unlikely to give Winx the chance to follow in Hawkspur’s footsteps however and attempt to be the first filly to beat home the boys in the Queensland Derby since Dariana (2010).

Instead he hinted to turning her out for a spell ahead of a spring return targeting shorter distance races later in the year including the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day on the opening day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

“It’s very tough to come off beating three-year-old fillies and take on older males in races like the Caulfield Cup,” Waller told The Daily Telegraph.

“We’ll give her a fairly light spring with a race like the Myer Classic a possibility.

“The autumn comes around so fast and she’ll be a much more seasoned racehorse next year.”

The bookies are taking no chances with the Queensland Oaks winner however with Winx sitting top of the pre-field Queensland Derby betting markets at a current quote of $3.

She is followed very closely in the early Queensland Derby odds by the likes of young Kiwi raider Werther ($4) who won the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) at Doomben over the weekend and the consistent Darren Weir-trained Master Of Arts ($5).

The official Queensland Derby 2015 field of final acceptors is out on Wednesday morning making now the time to get behind your favourites at their generous early prices at Ladbrokes.com.au – home of the $500 first time depositor’s bonus this season!


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