Winx | Horse Of The Month April 2016
Winx - Horse Of The Month
Can it be any other horse than Winx? BetsFree’s first repeat Horse of the Month is Winx.
The mighty mare is now the winner of nine straight on the trot. Including six Group Ones and over six and a half million dollars in prizemoney. Winx carried fifty six and a half kilograms on a soft track in race nine to win the Doncaster Mile at Randwick.
In an exciting Doncaster Mile at Randwick race course on Saturday, Winx came from a wide barrier and was at the rear of the field. Hugh Bowman, her jockey, was worried, as Winx was not handling the soft going on a churned up track.
At the one thousand metre mark things looked bleak, her trainer Chris Waller thought the mighty mare’s remarkable run of wins was over.
Bowman, a class jockey in great form, steadied Winx and urger her into a gap and together they sliced through the field. Winx and Bowman ducked and weaved before accelerating to second and then taking the lead; but could they hang on in the straight? Askadellia zoomed up on the inside rail, and Happy Clapper came from out wide; would the little horse with the big heart win her ninth race in succession?
Winx found that other gear that most horses just do not have and bounded away to the winning post. The crowd roared their approval at the amazing performance they had just witnessed.
Trainer Chris Waller declared his charge a champion after winning the Doncaster Mile; and shared his concerns with media after the race. It had been a stressful week he revealed, the pressure of that winning expectation everywhere and in everyone. He had been worried that this race would be the one where the bubble would burst.
Waller made reference to Black Caviar and her amazing run of wins. What is it about mares and their incredible consistency when champions? Comparisons to the legendary Sunline are being made in the media, left right and centre. Waller will wait to see how the mighty mare pulls up before committing to the Queen Elizabeth Stakes next week; a four million dollar race and Winx’s ultimate target this preparation.
The horse’s care is his only concern right now and whether racing again so soon after such a stellar effort is in her best interests. It was a win for the ages but at what cost did it come? Stay tuned to this space to see if Winx the superstar will run over two thousand metres against the best horses in the land to make it ten wins in succession.