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Winx Purrs In Trial
Trainer Chris Waller was delighted after watching Winx run out a cosy winner of her special trial at Royal Randwick on Saturday. In lieu of racing in the Gr2 Apollo Stakes over 1400m, the champion mare raced against five of her stable-mates in a specially convened open trial over 1200 metres to prepare her for her seasonal reappearance in the Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on 3 March. "Race conditions are pretty hard to simulate but it was a pretty good attempt there," trainer Chris Waller told Sky Racing. "The key now is not to over-train her in between. She had a pretty solid trial today that simulated a race so...I think in two weeks time we’ll have a horse ready to run a solid mile race." When she resumes the champion mare will be chasing her 23rd successive win and her 16th at Group 1 level.
Poetry in motion. Winx effortlessly runs home in 11.43 for the last 200m as she wins her first ever barrier trial as she tunes up for the TAB Chipping Norton in a fortnight's time. #GoWinx pic.twitter.com/50R7wjZ0Bt— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) 17 February 2018