Winx guns for her 16th straight win in the George Ryder Stakes (Steve Hart photo)
Australian champion Winx completed the second of three planned barrier trials Monday morning, finishing third in a trial at Randwick Race Course.
According to Wide World of Sports, both trainer Chris Waller and jockey Hugh Bowman were “upbeat” with the way their talented mare finished.
“It’s probably as good as she’s ever trialed in all honesty,” Bowman said. “She felt great. She’s in a really good frame of mind. Her action is exactly how it was as she left off last preparation.”
Trainer Chris Waller told Wide World of Sports that he compared barrier trials to “pre-season football games” as a test of fitness.
“It’s great to see her back in this shape and she looks to have a good preparation ahead,” Waller said. “I think she is the finished article. She’s finally developed into a mature racehorse. She’s as strong as you’ll ever see her.”
Winx, who has won her past 17 starts, is gearing up for a return in the G2 Warwick Stakes Aug. 19. She is scheduled to have one more barrier trial at Randwick Aug. 8.
Her ultimate goal this season is the G1 Cox Plate, which she has won twice previously. The only horse thus far to win three Cox Plates is Kingston Town, in 1980, 1981, and 1982.
Read more at the Wide World of Sports
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