Winx in a class of her own in G2 Apollo
February 15, 2016
If winning the Cox Plate with Winx was nerve-racking for trainer Chris Waller, her return in the Group Two Apollo Stakes was even more so.
But with the coolest, calmest jockey in charge at Randwick on Saturday the mare toyed with her rivals as she strolled to a one-length win over Solicit.
Hugh Bowman was not about to ask her to do anything too strenuous, guiding her past the gallant Solicit who had controlled the pace from the barriers.
“It’s the most nervous I’ve been before a race in years,” Waller said.
“It’s so important because people want to see her and see her win.
“She’s got the potential to be a champion. She’s not there yet. She probably has to win two Cox Plates but she is exceptional.
“This will tighten her up even more for the Chipping Norton Stakes in two weeks.
“It’s a Group One and that’s where she has to be.”
Bowman had Winx ($1.60) running fifth from barrier one while Solicit ($5.50) rolled along in front before he changed gears.
“I put her in gear and up she went,” Bowman said.
“She is a special horse and she has done a good job.
“She just had to go out and do it and she did.
“It’s self explanatory really.
Solicit was the only other runner in the Apollo under double figures and beat the third-placed Hauraki ($41) by 2-3/4 lengths.
“She relaxed well,” jockey Kerrin McEvoy said.
“She was rolling along in a rhythm and she stuck to it. She is in for nice prep and there’s a good race for her.”
Waller and Winx’s owners have yet to confirm where she goes after the Chipping Norton Stakes with $4 million Queen Elizabeth (2000m) the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
“That’s what we are aiming at but how we get there remains to be seen.
“The Doncaster is still there as are a couple of other races.
“We’ll get through the Chipping Norton and decide.”‘- AAP TURF