Hugh Bowman gives Winx a well-earned pat on the head.
Hugh Bowman gives Winx a well-earned pat on the head.

No mountain too high for superstar Winx?

COULD Winx win The Everest or an unprecedented fourth Cox Plate?

Trainer Chris Waller has plenty of time to ponder this question as the champion mare heads to the spelling paddock after her magnificent win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick last Saturday.

Winx equalled Black Caviar's 25-race winning streak and secured her 18th Group 1 win, extending her own world record for career majors.

But Waller won't be drawn on spring carnival plans for Winx just yet.

"She will have a good spell of four to six weeks so she can chill out and be a horse,'' the trainer said.

"But everything we do with Winx is about trying to create longevity. When she comes back in, we want to see her enjoying her work and showing us she wants to continue her racing.''

Winx is a rising seven-year-old mare but seems to be going as well as ever which gives Waller the opportunity to consider his options for the spring.

Winx charges to her 25th consecutive victory in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Picture: Julian Andrews
Winx charges to her 25th consecutive victory in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Picture: Julian Andrews

They include the world's richest race on turf, the $13 million The Everest is run over 1200m at Royal Randwick on October 13 and the $3 million Cox Plate (2040m) run at Moonee Valley two weeks later.

It would be virtually impossible for a horse to run competitively in both races, even one as good as Winx.

So, Waller and Winx's owners need to decide what is the best race program for the mighty mare next spring.

Winx hasn't raced over less than 1400m for more than two years and it is no doubt she is most effective over a middle distance.

Does this fit Winx? The Everest trophy at last year’s barrier draw for the world’s richest race on turf. Picture: Getty Images
Does this fit Winx? The Everest trophy at last year’s barrier draw for the world’s richest race on turf. Picture: Getty Images

But Winx has such explosive powers of acceleration, she would be more than competitive first-up in The Everest over 1200m if she was trained specifically for the race.

It is worth noting Waller and two of Winx's owners, Peter Tighe and Debbie Kepitis, do have shares in an Everest slot, too.

Will they chase another one? Hugh Bowman and trainer Chris Waller with last year’s Cox Plate trophy. Picture: Getty Images
Will they chase another one? Hugh Bowman and trainer Chris Waller with last year’s Cox Plate trophy. Picture: Getty Images

Ladbrokes price assessors have Winx at $13 behind Redzel ($5 favourite) for The Everest while the mare firmed from $1.65 to $1.50 for the Cox Plate after her Queen Elizabeth Stakes win.

Her Queen Elizabeth stakes triumph was her sixth Group 1 for the season, a record matched only by three other horses - Kingston Town, Weekend Hussler and Black Caviar.

But only the mighty mares Winx and Black Caviar have been able to win six Group 1 races in two seasons.

 



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