By Brad Gray
Winx is a champion, no doubt. However, does Chris Waller believe she can now be mentioned in the same breath as Black Caviar and Makybe Diva?
“It’s very hard and it becomes quite sensitive when you’re comparing good horses. You’ve got to respect Black Caviar for being unbeaten and taking on the best in the world over a short distance,” Waller said.
“Makybe Diva was the best two-miler Australia has ever seen but maybe people older than me can debate that as well.
“It’s a talking point just like great sporting teams. What is the best NRL team, what’s the best AFL team, the best tennis player. It’s hard to compare but I know we’ve got a pretty good one that would certainly open the batting for Australia.
“There are so many different milestones that she is now achieving. We respect all of them. We also respect that she can be beaten as some stage. Her racing style, as we’ve seen in a number of races, sees her get back in the field and therefore they need a bit of luck.”
Winx in her breathtaking Doncaster win
Media outlets converged upon Rosehill for the first look at Winx when she stepped out for her first barrier trial ahead of the autumn, and the intense public interest is becoming the norm for Waller.
“I’m starting to handle the pressure and expectations of people. It was a nerve-wracking experience this time last year. She had won a Cox Plate, she was supposedly the champion of Australia and we are always looking for a new one,” Waller said.
“We had Black Caviar which took all before her and the population followed her and they are starting to get behind Winx. She is in the papers. She is on the main television. She is becoming a household name, she is making my name.”
If you missed it earlier, Hugh Bowman declared that Winx Has Never Trailled Better