Winx has often caused Chris Waller to marvel at her ability and the seemingly ageless champion continues to astonish her trainer in what is surely her final racing journey this autumn.
Waller knows nothing can last forever so he is lapping up each moment he has left with the world champion mare, who has a date with the public at a special sausage sizzle at Randwick on Saturday morning – one week out from her return to racing in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes.
The record-breaking trainer was in Melbourne on Friday morning to supervise some important gallops but, as always, the topic keeps returning to Winx and when it does, the smile always returns to his face.
“Winx hasn’t changed one bit, which is scary to think,” Waller beamed.
“We are constantly looking for the body clock to suggest that she’s not as effective as she has been. She’s not showing any signs whatsoever.
“Her attitude is great. She’s moving well and her work has been great.”
Waller said the exercise of taking her to Randwick held plenty of benefit for the seven-year-old winner of almost $23 million in stakes.
“She’s going to Randwick tomorrow to just have a stretch of her legs and a float trip and to get the butterflies out of her stomach before her first-up run in the Apollo,” he added.
Waller also has racing’s budding star in his stable in the form of Caulfield Guineas winner The Autumn Sun, who the trainer confirmed would miss next month’s $5 million All-Star Mile at Flemington despite being second of 130 horses in the public voting with 10 days of voting remaining.
“It’s unlikely,” Waller said of The Autumn Sun and The All-Star Mile. “It’s a shame because he certainly deserves to be there and should be there.
“But with not having the Group 1 status yet, for a colt, you have to be careful with how it affects their value.
“The obvious target is keeping horses in their own age group. He goes to the Randwick Guineas through the Hobartville and we’ll see from there.” – Racing.com