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Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:30 pm

Sparrow Castle wrote:
Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:25 pm
This video demonstrates what was written in the article.

Winx (Official) Verified account @winx_horse
Science behind the Greatness - WINX
Did u know that Winx avgs 85 strides/30secs?
Great piece by @tabcomau Listen to @emma_freedman explain the science behind the great mare's extraordinary turn of foot.
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Video: https://twitter.com/winx_horse/status/1 ... kXHfab-m-w
Thanks, Sparrow Castle. Great to see this in action.
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Sun Oct 28, 2018 12:19 am

I've been very busy today but here is a quick catch up on news and reaction the day after the Cox Plate. Lots of links sorry!

The best vision of the Cox Plate! Watch the devoted staff/grooms of Winx watching the race
https://mobile.twitter.com/Racing/statu ... 1836111873

Australian newspapers this morning
https://mobile.twitter.com/mmsnippets/s ... 9558554624

Winx at the beach this morning
https://mobile.twitter.com/FastTrackPho ... 7404072960
https://mobile.twitter.com/Vinnycenzo_7 ... 9439042562
https://mobile.twitter.com/RacingInside ... 3870003200

Posing with her owners and her 4× Cox Plates
https://mobile.twitter.com/RacingInside ... 1131663360

Owners have stated this morning a decision on her future will not be made until after the New Year
https://www.racing.com/news/2018-10-28/ ... n-deferred
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Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:44 am

Talks of Winx retirement can wait
Caryl Williamson SYDNEY - 28/10/2018 06:20:29 PM [AAP]

Less than a day after Winx's historic fourth Cox Plate win, the question of when she will be retired is inevitable.
The answer from those closest to her is still the same.
"She will tell us when she's ready," trainer Chris Waller said.

Waller and two of the champion's owners, Peter Tighe and Debbie Kepitis, kept up the relentless media interviews on Sunday with pride in the mare who produced a sublime performance to beat overseas visitor Benbatl in the Cox Plate.

Winx has now won 29 races in a row, 22 at Group One level, and as a seven-year-old she is obviously closer to the end of her career than the beginning.
Waller says over the next few days she will be thoroughly checked by his vet before she goes for a break.
"We will check her out properly with the vet, that's the first thing," he told Sky Sports Radio.

"At some stage we will have a race earmarked as her last. There's a race at the end of the autumn carnival (Queen Elizabeth Stakes).
"But if things go wrong in between now and then, that will be the end."
Winx has won the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick during The Championships in autumn for the past two years.

This year she won the signature race at her third campaign start and her Cox Plate win was the fourth race of her spring campaign, a management plan that has extended her racing life and one she appreciates.
"She has three or four runs each preparation," Waller said.
"That suits her. She hasn't been over-raced and that's the secret to her longevity.
"It is a privilege to train an athlete like her."

Waller said it was unlikely Winx would run in a fifth Cox Plate.
"The build-up to a fourth Cox Plate was pretty intense," he said.
"I don't know if I can go through that again.
"My heart only stopped beating three or four times during the race."

Kepitis is a daughter of Bob Ingham who, with his late brother Jack, raced some of the greats including Octagonal and his champion son Lonhro.
"It's unbelievable to be involved with a supreme athlete like her," she said.
"But if she says she doesn't want to race again and Chris says no, then she will go off and be a mum."
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Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:30 am

Not my horse but if she was, I would go for win number 30 (just a nice even number) and then call it a day.
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Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:29 am

Sparrow Castle wrote:
Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:25 pm
This video demonstrates what was written in the article.

Winx (Official) Verified account @winx_horse
Science behind the Greatness - WINX
Did u know that Winx avgs 85 strides/30secs?
Great piece by @tabcomau Listen to @emma_freedman explain the science behind the great mare's extraordinary turn of foot.
@SkyRacingAU // @Racing // @cwallerracing // @HugeBowman /@EP_Physio // @TVG
Video: https://twitter.com/winx_horse/status/1 ... kXHfab-m-w
Are there any pedigree clues as to where this stride rate trait came from? It's so unusual, there may be a genetic mutation in play.
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Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:23 pm

I could only find one race for Vegas Showgirl and its not great quality. Hard to tell if she had a higher stride rate.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6QEmUtlvgY

I would just assume its one of those things that happens. The perfect result from a mating.
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Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:07 pm

What impresses me about Winx is her own drive to win. I've hardly ever seen Hugh touch her with the whip, generally just using a strong hand ride. In the Cox, she came around the field with such intensity, powering to the front...all on her own. I think Hugh even eased up on her nearing the wire.
With a mare like that, who still has such a strong competitive drive, IMHO it won't be the "I'm done with racing, just want to be a mom' development that will bring an end to her racing career. It will be the owners saying 'that's it, she's done more than enough.'
If she races during the Oz fall, that will provide plenty of time for her to let down for their spring breeding season.
Which stallion would you guys want to see her visit first?
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Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:22 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:
Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:07 pm
What impresses me about Winx is her own drive to win. I've hardly ever seen Hugh touch her with the whip, generally just using a strong hand ride. In the Cox, she came around the field with such intensity, powering to the front...all on her own. I think Hugh even eased up on her nearing the wire.
With a mare like that, who still has such a strong competitive drive
In the FWIW department, HB says it's not competitiveness that drives her, but aggression, pure aggression. I guess I could armchair pyschologize on whether or not there is a difference (I won't!), but that's from the rider's mouth.
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Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:07 pm

Well, I suppose the term 'competitive' could be anthropomorphizing a horse's motivations. 'Aggression' might be a more accurate way to describe a stallion's or mare's desire to dominate the other members of a herd.
Winx is definitely the dominant lead mare in her herds (fields). :P 8-)
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Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:04 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:
Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:07 pm
What impresses me about Winx is her own drive to win. I've hardly ever seen Hugh touch her with the whip, generally just using a strong hand ride. In the Cox, she came around the field with such intensity, powering to the front...all on her own. I think Hugh even eased up on her nearing the wire.
With a mare like that, who still has such a strong competitive drive, IMHO it won't be the "I'm done with racing, just want to be a mom' development that will bring an end to her racing career. It will be the owners saying 'that's it, she's done more than enough.'
If she races during the Oz fall, that will provide plenty of time for her to let down for their spring breeding season.
Which stallion would you guys want to see her visit first?
Because I love the ol' boy, Lonhro. In terms of who is fashionable at the moment, I Am Invincible or Snitzel would probably in contention.
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Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:10 pm

Flanders wrote:
Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:23 pm
I could only find one race for Vegas Showgirl and its not great quality. Hard to tell if she had a higher stride rate.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6QEmUtlvgY

I would just assume its one of those things that happens. The perfect result from a mating.
I actually remember her racing and will see if I can find more but the interview on this is very interesting
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Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:41 pm

Regarding stallions I know Debbie Kepitis has shares in a couple of stallions, though not entirely sure which ones besides FSS Preferment & Kermadec, so think that would play into decisions.

I expect/hope she will visit the big names in Australia Lonhro, Fastnet Rock or Exceed And Excel, she may even have the honour of getting a rare visit to Redoutes Choice (only serving a very limited number of mares due to athritic joints)

Fingers crossed she may travel to New Zealand to visit Tavistock or my absolute super favourite Savabeel. Can you imagine a how gorgeous a Winx foal by this horse might be?!
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Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:40 am

This is the breeze up video of a 2yo colt who sells on the 21 November. By a unpopular FSS but the same third dam as Winx they play these videos in order on our racing channel when there is no racing. I didn't like this one when I first saw it but it is now growing on me a bit.

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Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:26 pm

Winx has headed to the farm yesterday for a holiday.
Here is video of Winx being loaded onto the transporter yesterday
https://mobile.twitter.com/cwallerracin ... 7191558144

Winx had a full vets exam a couple of days after the Cox Plate including xrays and scans and at the end the vets concluded that she is in absolutely perfect physical condition.
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Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:49 pm

Chris Waller Racing @cwallerracing
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One happy, healthy horse - Winx enjoying the third week of her spell.
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Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:36 pm

Winx is back in the Chris Waller stables
https://mobile.twitter.com/cwallerracin ... 7047716864
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Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:33 pm

On YouTube today (go full screen if you can):

Behind The Scenes with Winx
Sharon Lee Chapman
Published on Dec 13, 2018
It's been a great 12 months following Winx from Botany Bay to Altona Beach to capture her journey and we've loved every second of it (even the 3:30am wake up calls to make the 1 hour 40 minute drive to Altona)

Video footage captured by my partner Mark Lee
Stills by Sharon Lee Chapman and Mark Lee
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... IGeOlsT1og
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Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:24 pm

As expected it has been decided Winx will race again in the autumn. The owners want to stress that if at any time she gets unhappy or unwell she could be retired immediately

Press release is here
https://mobile.twitter.com/cwallerracin ... 8670362624
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Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:02 pm

I am beyond excited that the plans are to race Winx this coming year. All of the connection's moves have been so calculated and right on. She vetted out healthy and happy so why not keep it going. Love it!
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