Trainer Chris Waller has dismissed any concerns about champion mare Winx racing with synthetic hoof filler in one of her feet ahead of her bid for a 17th consecutive win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Waller said it was merely a precaution and she goes to Saturday’s $4 million race in peak condition.
“It’s been there for probably a week now and it just gives the farrier a bit more to bang his nails into,” Waller said.
“It would be like putting a bit of putty in the wall when there has been too many nails in it from hanging photos.
“They just patch the outside wall, a small part, to create fresh wall for the nails to go in.
“If you don’t, you can start to get movement and they can start pulling the shoe off.
“I would say most horses get it at some stage, mainly towards the end of a preparation when the hoof starts to get a little bit brittle.
“With a horse like her, she’ll get shod close to ten times during a campaign.”
Winx is the $1.08 favourite to win her 12th Group One race in the Queen Elizabeth with Hartnell closest to her at $11.
The race will be her fourth and last for the autumn after which she will have a few weeks rest before the work begins again.
Her spring aim will be to emulate Kingston Town by winning a third Cox Plate.No tags for this post.