Jockey Hugh Bowman on Winx for race win No.21.
Jockey Hugh Bowman on Winx for race win No.21. MAL FAIRCLOUGH

Waller fires back at Winx critics after win No.21

CHRIS Waller is amazed at how well Winx has pulled up after her romp in the park to win the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.

After her 6.5-length win, Waller said Winx went back to her stables and ate up every scrap of food.

"Most horses leave 10 to 30 per cent of feed after they've had a race. It's a good sign that she ate up everything,” Waller said on RSN Sunday morning.

Waller said Winx pulled up sound and described the Flemington track as "perfect” and said it wasn't "jarring.”

"I had a walk of the track before the race and while it had a good a good firm base there was also moisture in it,” he said.

Waller said the next three weeks was about managing Winx and keeping her safe.

"She'll do maintenance work over the next fortnight and then one or two proper workouts before the Cox Plate.”

Waller said he was pleased Winx had silenced the doubters who had queried her form in Sydney where she won three races at Randwick before coming to Melbourne.

"I'm sick of hearing it,” Waller said.

"At her first run back she missed the start by five lengths and won by a length and a half so in affect she won by six and a half lengths,” he said.

Waller said at her second win back from a spell she broke 32sec for her last 600m.

"Tell me another horse who can do that other than a superstar sprinter like Black Caviar.”

Waller said Winx's third win back from a spell looked plain but two horses went out at breakneck speed and they finished last and second last.

"It was crazy speed. Sectional times gave her no chance. Also she was at a mile at her third run back from a spell when she was looking for 2000m,” he said.

Waller said Winx was in the best condition she'd ever been.

He said when she won her first Cox Plate she weighed 495kgs and last year 505kg.

He said this year she had got out to 535kg but would go into the Cox Plate at 515kg.

"She's a much stronger mare with more cover over her body. Her coat is outstanding with the brown almost turning to copper. It's special.”

Waller said it was fantastic to see Winx travel so well in the run in the Turnbull Stakes.

He said although he had taken the ear muffs out for the Turnbull Stakes they had done their job for her.

"They got her back on track in the barriers. It was time to take them off.”