Winx is destined go to her next start at the same sort of odds Black Caviar did in many of her races but trainer Chris Waller plays down any comparison between the two mares.
Although Winx is attracting a public following and is odds-on to be named Australia’s champion for last season, she doesn’t have the perfect record of Black Caviar who won all her 25 starts.
What she does have is a will to win which sets her apart and she is already at $1.15 to win her first Group One race of the new season in Saturday’s George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.
Winx has won 14 of her 20 starts, the past 10 in a row.
“Black Caviar is the only horse to run at the same level and go through undefeated,” Waller said.
“Winx has been beaten and she will be defeated again but that’s not something we can worry about.
“If she gets beaten she will get beaten by a good horse.”
Former Japanese horse Tosen Stardom and Godolphin’s last-start Tramway Stakes winner Hauraki share the second line of betting at $9.50.
Randwick Guineas winner Le Romain is next at $13 and also holds an entry to the Group Three Bill Ritchie Hcp (1400m).
Trainer Kris Lees will wait until after Wednesday’s acceptances to decide which race the four-year-old runs in.
Le Romain already has some form as a giant killer, upsetting the Waller-trained odds-on favourite Press Statement as a $21 chance in the Randwick Guineas in March.
Winx is in a different league from Press Statement and although Waller prepares himself for defeat, he doesn’t think it is imminent.
“Her will to win sets her apart,” he said.
“We haven’t protected her. I respect all the horses she races against.
“But she is fit and well and she will do her best.”
Great Esteem, trained at Caulfield by Stuart Webb, was added to the entries on Tuesday but is expected to run in either the Naturalism Stakes on his home track or a Listed race in Adelaide.
Article from JustHorseRacing.com.au