Leading four-year-old Winx has continued her impressive run of form at Royal Randwick over the weekend; mustering a huge turn of foot to take out the featured Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) with ease.
Jumping from the gates well, jockey Hugh Bowman elected to settle Winx within the talented field; allowing the race’s early leaders to set a reasonable tempo away from the barriers and towards the bend.
Bowman elected to peel the daughter of Street Cry off the fence upon rounding onto the final straight, and ample time to steady before launching their final assault.
Immediately responding when asked for an extra effort, Winx produced a monumental turn of foot to meet and surpass the Epsom Handicap leaders; extending to hit the line comfortably ahead of Ecuador and a brave Sons Of John.
Bowman delivered a typically brilliant performance aboard Winx for success in the Epsom Handicap, and was quick to lay all the praise on trainer Chris Waller has his talented mount.
“I don’t like to get carried away, but she got stood on her head at the 450 and she got herself regathered, composed and won with authority,” Bowman said.
“I would just like to congratulate Chris Waller on his management of the horse.
“As an autumn three-year-old filly she didn’t show what we expected of her and he put her away and looked after her and now he is reaping the rewards.
“I am so thankful to ride an animal of this calibre and it is a privilege.
“I was nineteen-year-olds when I rode to the gates in a Doncaster for the first time and it is just privilege to be riding here on the big stage.
“To ride a horse of this calibre and win my first major Randwick mile means a great deal.”
Winx was momentarily blocked for a run and hampered rounding onto the final straight, and Waller was understandably thrilled she was able to recover for success in the 2015 Epsom Handicap.
“People at home get to see her win these races from impossible positions and whether it be 2200 of the Oaks, first-up 1300 metres or today a classic Randwick mile,” Waller said after the race.
“Not only that, she overcomes barrier draws, track conditions and scrimmages on the turn.
“I deadset closed my eyes hoping for the best and she did pretty well.
“As a three-year-old she was in there in the winter before the better horses came back and she won her races earnt her stripes and she was running against First Seal in the autumn.
“She has been everywhere and she is still flying.”
The 2015 Cox Plate (2040m) now figures as the major Spring Carnival target for Winx.