Winx has sights set on new record
Australian supermare Winx cruised to victory in the Apollo Stakes at Randwick to equal Phar Lap's record of 14 successive wins.
Winx: Extended her remarkable winning sequence
Chris Waller's star had no trouble in seeing off Hartnell, formerly trainer by Mark Johnston, and Endless Drama, who finished second in an Irish Guineas for Ger Lyons.
Despite drawing level with the legendary Phar Lap, Winx still has some way to go to catch Black Caviar who went 25 races unbeaten, including a Royal Ascot success and the clamour for Winx to travel abroad will now grow.
The race was held back from Saturday due to a heatwave in Sydney but it did not affect the Hugh Bowman-ridden winner.
"It's a humbling experience to say the least and a huge privilege to be a part of her career," said Waller.
"Hugh does a fantastic job, he's the Mr Cool and makes it look easy when it's not, there's a field of 14 horses weighing half a tonne kilos, not with the same acceleration and brakes like a car, and he's got to manoeuvre her at the right time to let her off the leash.
"The owners are great, they don't over-race her, it's just a pleasure.
"First up (first time out) we just need to see where she's at, she's no faster than the others on the training track, the stopwatch days with her are over, you can throw it out of the window.
"She doesn't always fire up in the trials. We know there'll be a day when it's not quite there and another champion will come along and take on her mantle, we're prepared for that but we're certainly enjoying it while it lasts."
Bowman told Sky Racing: "She didn't jump into stride but she gets a bit fractious in the barriers when she's fresh.
"As she gets into her prep she gets a bit more relaxed and the nervous energy in all of us starts to remiss a little.
"It was a genuinely run 1400 (seven furlongs), I was very concerned about a slow pace as we could have found ourselves in a sticky position but I was able to travel really well throughout.
"They left me a little flat-footed when the pressure really went out at about the 600 metres and if I was on anything else I might have been worried but I just encouraged her to get on the tails of the one in front and within the blink of an eye it was all over.
"We've come to have a healthy respect for her, so has everyone involved, it's a privilege and she's great for our industry.
"Chris has done a great job getting her ready for today, it's a fine balancing act for him to get her ready to perform at a level that she can improve on but at a level that it doesn't take too much out of her.
"She's an exciting piece of work. I don't feel she's strengthened up as much between the Cox Plate and now as she has between the last two preparations, Chris might have a different view of that, I know he weighs his horses and I don't get in to the nitty gritty with him."
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