Winx watch: Perfect recovery for champ

Source: Luke Sheehan

Winx was the toast of the racetrack at Randwick on Saturday with her 19th Group 1 success and 26th win in a row, and trainer Chris Waller has provided some insight about her days after her public appearances.

Plain and simple, Winx walks on water – an aqua walker, to be precise – to help her muscular recovery, and it’s a pretty chilly experience as her master trainer explains.

“She’s come through the race very well,” Waller said via a stable update.

“Saturday afternoon she was on the aqua walker, which is the salt water treadmill.

“Some sports players came and saw her a few days before and said it’s even colder than what they get into, it’s about six degrees – the All Blacks have an ice bath at nine degrees.

“She was in that walking after the races in the evening, when everyone else was out celebrating.

“Sunday morning, same again, on the aqua walker, and Monday pretty much the same.

“She was bouncing out of her skin this [Wednesday] morning out on the track for the first time, Ben [Cadden] was very happy with the way she felt.

“So we’ve got the option now to space her races. She could run in the Chelmsford [September 1], I think it’s extremely unlikely, almost impossible. Most likely go to the George Main, which she’s won the past two years, four weeks, then work out where she heads to from there.

“So as you can see we’re just placing her carefully, spacing her runs as it’s all about longevity.
“She hasn’t showed us any signs of slowing down.”

While the next racing showing is likely to be the Group 1 Colgate Optic White Stakes (1600m) – registered as the George Main – on September 15, Winx could yet have another trial or race day gallop in between her first- and second-up races.

“Not sure [if she’ll trial] … I’ve been thinking about it. We’ll either trial or have an exhibition gallop,” he added.

“She’s picture perfect and where we need her to be, and if anything, she’s come back just as well, she’s certainly not slowing down and doesn’t look like slowing down, so we’ll see her again in a few weeks’ time.”