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Life’s A Beach For Winx

By Brad Gray

Chris Waller has confirmed that champion galloper Winx has come through her Chipping Norton Stakes run, on a heavy track, in perfect order.

“She pulled up well. She was at the beach this morning walking through the water doing her recovery,” said Waller.

“The beauty of her racing on Saturday means that she can now have a leisurely time for the next seven days and then start to gear up for the George Ryder Stakes.”

"Isn't she great to watch!"

There was some speculation that she could head south for the Australian Cup but Waller was quick to put those rumours to bed.

“We were just keeping all of our options open.”

“She can go 100m across the road to Rosehill or 1000km to Flemington. Melbourne had her in the spring but the autumn is all Sydney.”

Meanwhile, Omei Sword produced a monster effort to run second in the Surround Stakes on Saturday behind New Zealand filly La Bella Diosa and like Winx, has pulled up without issue.

“The beauty about her was that she was fit and ready to race three weeks ago so it wasn’t as if she was running behind schedule.”

The daughter of High Chaparral will next head to the Coolmore Stud Classic (11 March) before attempting to give Waller his fifth straight win in the Doncaster Mile, where she has been allocated 49kg.

“She is a mature horse. Not a frail there-year-old filly. She is a mature, masculine filly.”

On Saturday at Randwick, From Within will take her place in the Group Two Riesling Stakes (1200m) and is “going terrific” according to Waller.

All the fields, form and replays for Randwick on Saturday

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