Leading hoop Hugh Bowman has been thrilled with Winx this time and believes the mare has taken plenty of condition from her first-up run leading into Saturday’s 2016 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick.
The start of the recent Spring Carnival, Winx trialled well in the lead-up to her competitive return in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) first-up on February 14th, and more than announced her intentions for another glittering preparation when comfortably delivering a classy field a one length defeat.
Bowman partnered the daughter of Street Cry in a strong piece of work on Tuesday morning and is confident she is in line for a fourth win at the highest level in Saturday’s 2016 Chipping Norton Stakes.
“It’s taken that edge off her – she’s much more relaxed than she was when I worked her in the week leading up to the Apollo,” Bowman told Racing Ahead.
“She’s ticking over nicely, and in good shape.”
Winx has posted an impressive ten wins and three minors through her 16 career starts since first appearing on course competitively during the 2014 winter.
Resuming in 2015 for seventh in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m), Winx placed fifth in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) before returning to winning form in the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) on March 14th.
Running fifth in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) and second in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m), Chris Waller’s decision to float the filly north paid dividends when she won the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) before posting a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m).
Resuming in spring for success in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) on September 12th, Winx charged home late to win the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) before producing a career-best performance to win the Cox Plate (2040m) by five lengths on October 24th.
The 2016 Chipping Norton Stakes field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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