By Brad Gray
Winx extended her winning streak to 14 with a devastating win in The Star Group Two Apollo Stakes, putting a gap between herself and the courageous Hartnell. She has now matched the winning sequence of the mighty Phar Lap.
“With the genuine speed I was able to travel really comfortably throughout. They left me a little flatfooted when the pressure went on at the 600m and if I was on anything else I might have been worried but in the blink of an eye it was all over,” said Hugh Bowman.
“She’s an exciting piece of work and it’s a privilege to be part of it.”
As per the Longines Positioning System (LPS), Winx dashed home in 11.51 seconds for her final 200m, recording 33.97 seconds for her last 600m.
"Away goes Winx!"
Bowman then gave an insight into what it feels like when you’re coasting to the line having already put your rivals to the sword.
“It’s something I’ve learned to deal with and it’s when I get to feel her at full flight against the best opposition around.”
“If I’m on my own in trackwork (with her) it’s hard for me to tell whether I’m going twelve and a half or breaking 11. I can’t feel the difference…. because she is so economical in her stride it’s difficult for me to judge exactly how fast we are going.”
“I don’t think that she has strengthened up as much as in between the Cox Plate and now as she has between the last preparations. Chris might have a different view of that though.”
Punters flocked to Randwick after their work day to cheer the champion mare home and she was met with a rousing round of applause as she went by the winning post and then a second time as she arrived back to scale. The crowd at Randwick was 5856 strong.
“I was ignoring it (the crowd) before the race not trying to get too caught up. It’s a great honour to have people coming and giving up their time,” said Waller.
“It’s a very humbling experience to say the least and a huge privilege to be part of her career.”
“Hugh just does a fantastic job. He’s just Mr Cool. He makes it look easy and it’s not that easy. There are 14 horses that don’t have the acceleration or brakes that a car has. He’s got to get her out at the right time, manoeuvre her and let her unleash. He just does an amazing job.”
It was then suggested to Waller that the pressure is off for another two weeks.
“It’s only 12 days,” he shot back with a grin.
Winx will aim to do it all again at Randwick on the 25th February in the Chipping Norton Stakes.
— Racing NSW (@racing_nsw) February 13, 2017