Winx makes winning return

03 March 2018 06:18:35 EST
Winx's jockey Hugh Bowman.

Winx returned to racing in style when notching her 23rd consecutive win in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday afternoon.

Winx defeated the Kris Lees-trained Prized Icon by seven lengths with a half-length back to Gary Moore's Classic Uniform in third, and trainer Chris Waller was delighted with the run.

"It never gets any easier but the last part was enjoyable," Waller said. "We don't need to see her getting any better, we just need to see her coming back. To see her come back like this is pretty special.

"I can't explain the feeling. Today's field wasn't the best but they should take her to the 200. She is just an unbelievable horse."

Jockey Hugh Bowman was also delighted with the performance of the super mare, who continues to go from strength to strength, and has never looked more relaxed.

"She has been filling me with confidence all preparation," he said. "She is at her most vulnerable early in her preparation over the shorter distances, today at the 1600m, a nice genuinely run race, I had a lovely run close to the rear of the field but she just travelled so kindly.

"Her behaviour in the barriers suggests to me that she is a happy horse. That's where I have always been a little concerned. She gets a little agitated, a little edgy, and she has shown those signs throughout her whole career really but this preparation she hasn't shown any of those signs so she might have finally matured."

Winx will now progress to the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill in three weeks before Waller and the mare's connections decide their next target.

She could travel to England for a likely start in the Queen Anne Stakes in June or remain in Australia to attempt to become the first horse to win four Cox Plates.

Winx is 1/2 to win the Cox Plate in October while Folkswood can be backed at 33/1.

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