Chris Waller didn’t need to ask Hugh Bowman what shape Winx was in after her latest track gallop – the jockey’s beaming grin said it all.
The champion mare worked in the Melbourne direction at Rosehill on Tuesday as her trainer continues tuning her up for her next start in the Group One Caulfield Stakes on October 8.
“Hughie had a big smile,” Waller said.
“Biggest smile I’ve seen so far so that was good enough for me.
“She’ll have another gallop Saturday and probably one next week so she’s spot-on.”
If she can extend her winning streak to 12 at Caulfield, a successful Cox Plate defence at Moonee Valley on October 22 will be lucky 13.
“I can’t fault her. She’s going to be ready to hit her straps the next two runs,” Waller said.
And while the focus is now shifting to a clash with Memsie and Underwood Stakes winner Black Heart Bart in both her races, Waller insists he is not considering that.
“I would say it would be the same as any sports person or athlete,” Waller said.
“You look forward to the outcome but you try not to over-analyse.
“We look forward to her racing. We enjoy the moment for a week then we try to block it out leading into the race.”
For now Waller’s attention is focused on Randwick’s Epsom Handicap meeting where he has 12 of the 33 Group One runners spread across three races on Saturday.
“That’s the beauty of training a big team,” Waller said.
“You’ve always got something almost as important.”