Superstar Winx back in training, ‘likely’ to race in 2019

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Winx, a winner of 29 straight races who in her most recent start scored a record fourth straight Cox Plate victory back in October, “commenced some light pre-training at the farm a few weeks ago,” trainer Chris Waller has announced.

The daughter of Street Cry is “likely” to campaign in 2019 — her 8-year-old season — added Waller, saying, “I plan to meet with the ownership group and (jockey) Hugh Bowman next week to discuss her immediate future, and subsequent to that, we will update everyone.”

Also voted the recent winner of America’s Vox Populi Award, Winx transcended her Australian base as she ran to wins in all seven of her races this year.

Winx, who is owned by Magic Bloodstock, Debbie Kepitis and Richard Treweeke, has been speculated as a contender for the new “All-Star Mile” race on March 16 at Flemington. A trio of Australia’s racing clubs have combined to offer the $5 million race in which fans will vote to assemble a field of 14.

“Australia boasts so many passionate and dedicated racing fans across all states and we want to give them a race to own,” said Giles Thompson, chief executive of Racing Victoria, in November. “The All-Star Mile will be the first race in Australia where the fans decide who secures their shot at stardom.”

Winx began her 2018 campaign in March, too, taking the George Ryder (G1) at Rosehill. Currently, her 130 rating from the International Horseracing Authorities has her tied with Europe’s Cracksman atop the World’s Best Racehorse Rankings pending a Jan. 23 announcement.

Since back in training, Waller said of Winx, “She has progressed since returning, is bright and looks in excellent condition, so I look forward to her return to our stables this week.”


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