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Monday, 29 October 2018

Winx set for Sydney farewell


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The boss of Racing NSW says the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in April is shaping as the farewell race for super mare Winx.

Fresh from winning a record fourth Cox Plate, Winx has been sent for a spell as trainer Chris Waller considers her future, with an Autumn Carnival campaign in Sydney the most likely option.

Racing NSW boss Peter V’Landys says Randwick is likely to be the venue for her swansong.

“I have had some discussions with Chris Waller in regards to that. All going to plan and the horse is well, hopefully she will run in the autumn carnival here in Sydney (in 2019),” V’Landys told Macquarie Sports Radio.

“What a day it will be on the 13th of April to see her run her last race at the Queen Elizabeth (Stakes).

“It’s only justice because she is a Sydney horse and Sydney should be able to farewell her.”

V’Landys is hopeful Winx will run in the Apollo Stakes in February, followed by the Chipping Norton Stakes and George Ryder Stakes in the leadup to the Queen Elizabeth.

“She may miss the Apollo, because she did miss it last year,” V’Landys said.

“It’ll either be the 16th of February or the 2nd of March and hopefully she’ll have four final runs in Sydney.”

The mare has won an extraordinary 29 consecutive races, including 22 Group One races, and earned more than $22m in her glittering career.

Trainer Chris Waller remains adamant that no decision on the mare’s future would be made for “a few weeks.”

“If she shows that she’s still happy, she’s still enjoying what she does, then she can continue to be a racehorse for a little bit longer yet,” he said.

The boss of Racing NSW says the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in April is shaping as the farewell race for super mare Winx.

Fresh from winning a record fourth Cox Plate, Winx has been sent for a spell as trainer Chris Waller considers her future, with an Autumn Carnival campaign in Sydney the most likely option.

Racing NSW boss Peter V’Landys says Randwick is likely to be the venue for her swansong.

“I have had some discussions with Chris Waller in regards to that. All going to plan and the horse is well, hopefully she will run in the autumn carnival here in Sydney (in 2019),” V’Landys told Macquarie Sports Radio.

“What a day it will be on the 13th of April to see her run her last race at the Queen Elizabeth (Stakes).

“It’s only justice because she is a Sydney horse and Sydney should be able to farewell her.”

V’Landys is hopeful Winx will run in the Apollo Stakes in February, followed by the Chipping Norton Stakes and George Ryder Stakes in the leadup to the Queen Elizabeth.

“She may miss the Apollo, because she did miss it last year,” V’Landys said.

“It’ll either be the 16th of February or the 2nd of March and hopefully she’ll have four final runs in Sydney.”

The mare has won an extraordinary 29 consecutive races, including 22 Group One races, and earned more than $22m in her glittering career.

Trainer Chris Waller remains adamant that no decision on the mare’s future would be made for “a few weeks.”

“If she shows that she’s still happy, she’s still enjoying what she does, then she can continue to be a racehorse for a little bit longer yet,” he said.

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