Australian super-mare Winx missed the start of Saturday’s Group 2 Warwick Stakes at Royal Randwick, spotting the field approximately four lengths in the 1400-meter (about seven furlongs) contest, according to abc.net.au. Despite being six lengths behind her frontrunning stablemate Foxplay at the head of the straight, Hugh Bowman and Winx were able to rally and get up in time to win by a half-neck.
Though Winx lost the timing chip in her saddle cloth at the start, the daughter of Street Cry was timed by one data company to have run the last 600 meters (about three furlongs) in 31.88 seconds.
“I was thinking it could be mathematically impossible to catch them but there was nothing I could do about that I just had to rely on the engine that I know is in her,” said Bowman. “I want her to win as much as anyone else but after what happened coming out of the barriers I had to renegotiate where I was obviously, and it was a concern halfway through but it was a good feeling the last 200 meters.”
Trainer Chris Waller plans to continue with the mare’s spring schedule as expected, and she will go on to contest the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes in two weeks’ time. The Warwick win is Winx’s 18th consecutive victory.
Read more at abc.net.au.
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