Champion mare Winx will kick off a campaign to win her fourth straight Cox Plate next month in the race that is named after her, the Group 1 Winx Stakes.
The public will get to see her in a matter of weeks as she is set to line-up in a trial at either Warwick or Rosehill in the week of July 20 and then will most likely trial a second time before possibly completing an exhibition gallop.
The mare’s regular jockey Hugh Bowman rode her on Thursday morning and trainer Chris Waller had nothing but positive things to say about how she is tracking into this potentially history making campaign.
“Hughie pulled up well. Winx pulled up better. Her attitude and body language is great,” said Waller.
Leading into her fourth Cox Plate tilt, Waller admits he is getting more and more relaxed about his superstar.
“We’ve been training her long enough to almost be used to it. The first year was just like training any other horse, the second year the pressure was on with the expectation to keep her performing. Do we try new things, keep it the same? Her body was changing,” the trainer revealed.
“The third year she went to a whole new level again, getting close to Black Caviar’s records and other records, but now she has reached her fourth year, it’s just like last year but we’ve been there before. I’m actually feeling quite relaxed about her.”
Should Winx win the race named in her honour, she will break Black Caviar’s winning streak of 25.