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Monday, 22 October, 2018

Waller sounds warning as Winx aims to extend sequence in Sydney

Winx: runs in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday
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Winx will aim for her 17th straight win in Saturday's A$4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (£2.4m) race over a mile and a quarter, but the wet Sydney weather has injected an unwelcome element into the supermare's preparation.

Trainer Chris Waller admits he has had some anxious moments worrying about the effect hard runs on heavy tracks could have on the mare.

"I've been surprised by how well she's handled the wet tracks," Waller said. "I always blamed the heavy track for her Oaks defeat so it was a worry. But she worked well this morning. Hugh Bowman rode her and said she was in the zone."

He added: "I'm glad we did a bit of work with her on Saturday because she has gone from 95 per cent to 100 per cent. But I'm hoping for a better track than last time."

Winx will race with synthetic hoof filler in one of her feet, but Waller said it was on the outside wall of a hoof and was a precaution not a problem.

"It gives the farrier a bit more hoof to bang a nail into. If you don't you can get movement and they can pull a shoe off," Waller said.

Winx's eight rivals include Hartnell, rated in the top ten horses in the world last year.

I always blamed the heavy track for her Oaks defeat. But she worked well this morning. Hugh Bowman rode her and said she was in the zone
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