If you thought Winx’s fourth George Ryder Stakes win looked like a walk in the park, perhaps that’s exactly what the mighty mare thought she was having.
Trainer Chris Waller has revealed that Hugh Bowman had Winx so wide on the heavy Rosehill track that racing’s wonder woman actually might have thought she was at trackwork rather than in a Group I race.
Perhaps the only difference was there were a few more people at Rosehill on Saturday than she would see at trackwork!
“She was so wide out on the track – she does a lot of trackwork there, we very rarely ask her to do anything and I think she might have thought she was doing trackwork,” Waller said on Sky Radio on Sunday morning.
The latest sign of the extraordinary Winx phenomenon was highlighted in the wagering figures from Golden Slipper day from tab.com.au
Incredibly, the TAB held far more in its fixed odds markets on Winx to win the George Ryder than it did on all the Golden Slipper horses combined.
Meanwhile, Waller says he thinks Winx could have beaten the world’s greatest horses in her career but her racing longevity was because she had been well-placed.
“I said to someone yesterday I would love to see her race a horse like Frankel, or whatever the greatest horse has been, I think she could beat whatever that horse may be,” Waller told Sky Radio.
“And I guess on their terms maybe they could beat her.
“But she wouldn’t be able to do it for as long as she has done.
“Had she taken on a Frankel or something early in her career who knows she might have beaten him but she wouldn’t be racing (now).”
Waller says while he will miss Winx after her last start in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on April 13, he is in some ways looking forward to having the pressure valve released after she races for the final time.
“I’m actually looking forward to it – I will miss her but it will be a different lifestyle for me, but one I’m looking forward to,” he said. – Racenet.com.au