Australia: Winx goes on Cox Plate trial in Caulfield Stakes

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Winx: the Cox Plate remains her main Spring Carnival objective

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 By Lewis Porteous 7:44aM 7 OCT 2016 

Preview: Australia, Saturday

Caulfield: Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes (Group 1) 3yo+, turf

AUSTRALIA’S champion race mare Winx faces just two rivals when she bids to extend her winning sequence to 12 in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes on Saturday morning.

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Trained by Sydney’s champion trainer Chris Waller, Winx makes her first start in Victoria since her rise to stardom in last season’s Cox Plate and faces triple Group 1 winner Black Heart Bart and Group 2 scorer He Or She over 1m2f at Caulfield.

Winx became acquainted with the alien track earlier this week, with big-race jockey Hugh Bowman pleased with the condition of the seven-time Group 1 winner.

“It was pretty casual and she pretty much stretched her legs,” Bowman told AAP racing. “It let her have a look around the track she’ll be racing on and she’s ready to go.”

Black Heart Bob, winner of the Group 1 Underwood Stakes on his last start, is her biggest danger on Saturday as he bids to take his record to four-from-four at Caulfield.

“Tactics go out the window in a small field,” said Bowman, discussing the race. “I can be wherever I’m comfortable. I don’t have to worry about being too far back. I don’t care if I lead or sit outside the leader, although I wouldn’t expect to be there.

“In the small field I could sit last and be spotting the leader a couple of lengths, so it does take the pressure off riding her.”

A second win in Australia’s premier weight-for-age race at Moonee Valley on October 22, and a likely showdown with Godolphin’s Hartnell and challengers from Europe, remains the main Spring Carnival objective for Winx.

Of the pressure associated with training Australia’s latest pin-up girl, Waller said: “A lot of the time you go to the races hoping to win but with Winx you go to the races not expecting to win but knowing you’re expected to win.”

 
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