Waller Bouyant For Winx Next Race: George Main Stakes 2017

September 4, 2017

Waller Bouyant For Winx Next Race: George Main Stakes 2017

Co-owner Peter Tighe said trainer Chris Waller remained buoyant ahead of superstar mare Winx’s next spring target in the 2017 George Main Stakes after her tough win over the weekend.

Winx, above, made it 19 wins in a row with her hard fought victory in the Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Winx, above, made it 19 wins in a row with her hard fought victory in the Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Making it 19 straight wins on the trot, the recently crowned Victorian Racehorse of the Year left it to the dying stages to run down a brave Red Excitement and take out the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m).

It was a typically incredible effort from the six-year-old who also gave the punters a scare first-up a fortnight earlier after missing the kick in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m).

Both runs have put Winx to the test, but the daughter of Street Cry keeps living up to expectations continuing the fairy tale for connections including Tighe.

“Talking to [jockey] Hugh [Bowman] last night, he said she had a good blow after the race,” Tighe told RSN on Sunday speaking of Winx’s post-Chelmsford Stakes recovery.

“As Hugh puts it, she had to hit the afterburners and chase Red Excitement all the way down.

“I don’t think it’s done any damage to her, but she had to dig a bit deeper than normal.

“Hughie dropped his whip at the top of the straight, so he had no whip.

“The races [this time in] were run differently, missing the start in the first one, and the tearaway leader in the second are completely different to what we’ve had in the past.

“You can only win and that’s what she’s doing.”

The major aim for the $13 million earner is a shot at three consecutive wins in the Group 1 $3 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m), a feat only ever achieved by Kingston Town (1980-82).

She is odds-on in futures Cox Plate betting at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $1.50 and will head into the race via a final Sydney start on September 16 at Royal Randwick in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m).

Winx took out last season’s George Main Stakes and is out to hand Waller with his dominating fifth win in the race from the past six years after the trainer’s earlier success with Shoot Out (2012), Sacred Falls (2014) and Kermadec (2015).

“Chris [Waller] is still very buoyant,” Tighe continued.

“He said she’s fine. We’re going forward to the next target.”

To back Winx next race in the George Main Stakes, run this season as the Colgate Optic White Stakes, and for access to the best early Cox Plate odds 2017 visit Ladbrokes.com.au today.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

2018 Cox Plate field: Winx dra...

Waterhouse Eyeing Myer Classic...

Waterhouse Eyeing Myer Classic for Tristarc Winner Shumookh

Champion trainer Gai Waterhouse has enjoyed a day to remember at Caulfield on...

Caulfield Cup Results: Best So...

Caulfield Cup Results: Best Solution Caps Another Big Weekend for Godolphin

For the second weekend in a row it was the Godolphin blue on top at Caulfield...

Ethereal Stakes: A Verry Ellee...

Ethereal Stakes: A Verry Elleegant Ride Sees New VRC Oaks Favourite Emerge

Lots of good horses looked a chance on Saturday at Caulfield, but nobody came...

2018 Caulfield Sprint: Eduardo...

2018 Caulfield Sprint: Eduardo Claims Group Two Glory

Make it three wins from five starts for talented galloper Eduardo.  The...

Horse Racing Today

2018 Cox Plate field: Winx dra...

Quiet Ride the Key for Caulfie...

Quiet Ride the Key for Caulfield Cup Hopeful Night’s Watch

Claiming two wins from four starts, five-year old gelding Night’s...

Early Spell for Waller Four-Ye...

Early Spell for Waller Four-Year Old Unforgotten

A disappointing eighth in last weekend’s Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) has...

Oohood can break the hoodoo in...

Oohood can break the hoodoo in the 2018 Caulfield Guineas

Trainer Tony McEvoy thinks his filly Oohood has a great chance of breaking the...

Smart Melody humming along nic...

Smart Melody humming along nicely towards 2018 Thousand Guineas

Unbeaten filly Smart Melody is humming along nicely as she steps up to Group 1...

Race Results

Waterhouse Eyeing Myer Classic for Tristarc Winner Shumookh

Caulfield Cup Results: Best Solution Caps Another Big Weekend for Godolphin

Thinkin’ Big? Think Victoria Derby Favourite

Ethereal Stakes: A Verry Elleegant Ride Sees New VRC Oaks Favourite Emerge

2018 Caulfield Sprint: Eduardo Claims Group Two Glory

Race Previews

2018 Cox Plate Field: Runner by Runner

2018 Cox Plate field: Winx draws barrier 6

Caulfield Cup: Track Downgrade Should Suit Youngstar Nicely

Weir: Peaceful State Has ‘Terrible Race Style’

Quiet Ride the Key for Caulfield Cup Hopeful Night’s Watch

Fields & Form

2018 Cox Plate Field: Runner by Runner

2018 Cox Plate field: Winx draws barrier 6

Weir: Peaceful State Has ‘Terrible Race Style’

Quiet Ride the Key for Caulfield Cup Hopeful Night’s Watch

Oohood can break the hoodoo in the 2018 Caulfield Guineas