Without doubt facing her toughest test to date at Royal Randwick this weekend, trainer Chris Waller is confident three-year-old filly Winx is capable of a competitive performance in the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m).
Choosing to steer clear of major black type events with the Street Cry filly through the 2014 Autumn Carnival, Winx has not been seen at the races since charging home to win the TAB Early Quaddie Handicap (1400m) by two lengths on June 28th.
Confirming she is targeting the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) this time in, Waller conceded Winx is unlikely to win the Furious Stakes in a final which also includes the likes of Earthquake and Peggy Jean, but will be pleased to finish just off the pace of the classy pair.
“She is up against it here at set weights carrying the same weight as Earthquake and Peggy Jean, who are Group 1 winners,” Waller said.
“It is a starting point to say the least, but she did a great job in the winter.
“I don’t think that she will win, but if she ran third or fourth I would be over the moon and heading for a good prep.
“She is heading towards the Flight Stakes if she is up to this level.”
Yet to taste anything but success in competition having taken out the Ibis Milano Restaurant 2.y.o (1100m) in her only other start prior to her most recent triumph, Waller said Winx may catch her
rivals rusty in the Furious Stakes, but is unlikely to figure should they return in autumn condition.
“It will be interesting,” Waller said.
“All of those horses will have to come back that were successful two-year-olds.
“They won’t all come back, it is as simple as that and that is the problem with running two-year-olds.
“If one of them comes back it will blow us away, it is as simple as that.”
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