AUSTRALIAN wondermare Winx, the horse who stops a nation, will race on in 2019 connections have confirmed, but trips abroad are not part of their plans. A winner of her last 29 starts, 22 at Group One level, Winx was last seen securing another slice of history in October when she captured a record fourth Cox Plate at Moonee Valley. Trainer Chris Waller announced the welcome news last Friday, when detailing a schedule that could mean the daughter of Street Cry returning to action in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes at Randwick on Saturday, 16 February. The Chipping Norton and George Ryder, contests the Queen of Australian racing will be seeking fourth consecutive wins in, could also be on the agenda before she signs off in April’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes, which she has won for the last two years.
“She has nothing left to prove to us or her many followers and we are under no illusion that she is getting a little older. However, she is in excellent condition both physically and mentally and had she not pleased us in any area of her wellbeing or mental state she would have been retired immediately,” Waller said. “We will not commit to any races as yet but it would be logical to follow the path we have previously taken commencing in the Apollo Stakes at Royal Randwick in February, and if she did manage to get through a four-race preparation, it would most likely culminate in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick. “
I must stress to everyone that it shouldn’t be assumed she will be there, it will be a ‘race by race’ assessment as it has always been, especially over the past two seasons when deciding whether to go towards a third Cox Plate, a second Queen Elizabeth or even a fourth Cox Plate as it was in her last start.” Confirmation the horse rated alongside Cracksman as the best in the world would stay in training may have raised hope she would travel overseas, but Waller rejected that notion, by adding: “There will be many questions from different sectors relating to racing in other jurisdictions, which, in itself, could include numerous options. “However, we have and will continue to keep things simple with Winx and I believe that has been a big part of her longevity as well as something we are very proud of.”