Trainer Chris Waller has revealed that champion mare Winx remains at peak condition for her appearance in Saturday’s 2016 Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m), despite having missed a scheduled run.
Winx returned to racing this time for a typically dominant win in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) in mid-August, but was scratched from the field of the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) a fortnight ago as a result of inclement weather.
Waller saddled Winx in a barrier trial at Warwick Farm last week and told AAP that he has not issues with the horse at all, believing she is in prime condition leading into the George Main Stakes 2016 at Randwick.
“We planned her program so that she could miss a race if she had to,” Waller said.
“She is fine. She is fit enough and I have no concerns.”
Winx was unlucky not to post a win at the highest level through her early racing preparations, but broke through for her first Group 1 triumph in the Queensland Oaks (2200m) at Doomben during the 2015 Winter Carnival.
Returning last spring for success in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m), the Street Cry mare jogged home to win the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) before claiming undoubtedly her biggest crown to date with a dominant performance in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m).
Having taken out the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) first-up this year, Winx subsequently won each of the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 George Main Stakes (1500m), before ending her season with another comfortable success in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).
Included amongst a small list of seven nominations for the George Main Stakes on Monday, Winx is expected to be confirmed amongst a similarly small field on Wednesday, following the completion of a barrier draw.
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