Chris Waller continues to be amazed by Winx since she returned to the stable, but it is Golden Rose and Caulfield Guineas winner The Autumn Sun and his fellow three-year-olds that give his team an x-factor for the autumn and beyond.
Winx has had a couple of gallops, which is enough to show the champion trainer she is back, but it is The Autumn Sun that has him excited.
The Redoute’s Choice colt has come back 20 kilos heavier and developed into his body.
The Hobartville Stakes and Randwick Guineas are the only two races secure his agenda.
“He has come back unbelievable,’’ Waller said. ‘‘He needed to grow and develop, and he has. His manners are fantastic. You wouldn’t know he is a stallion, and that to me suggests he’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the autumn. I don’t know how good he is, I really don’t.’’
High-class three-year-olds Zousain and Lean Mean Machine will be restricted to sprinting tasks in the autumn but have the Melbourne group 1s in their sights as well as Royal Ascot.
“I would love to get them to a race like the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, but they will sprint in the autumn,” Waller said. “If they come up the way I think, that would not be out of question.”
Waller said Winx was ahead of schedule and will have her regular two barrier trials before resuming in the Apollo Stakes.