$500 in Bonus Bets
Sign-up, Join now & get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in racing bonus bets*
Deposit $250, Bet with $550
Sign-up, deposit $250 & receive $300 in racing bonus bets. That's $550 to bet with!*
$300 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $300 in racing bonus bets*
Stake Back Offer at Flemington & Randwick!
Bet Runs 2nd or 3rd at Flemington or Randwick? Get Your Stake Back!
Watch Sky Racing FREE!
Sign-Up and watch Sky Racing For Free on Your Phone!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: AAP

Winx’s Turnbull Stakes defence will be the second and probably last time the great mare will compete at the famous Flemington racetrack.

The champion won last year’s Turnbull by 6-1/2-lengths and her trainer Chris Waller says Winx is “picture perfect” ahead of her bid to make it 28 successive victories and 21 Group One wins in Saturday’s edition of the 2000m race.

The Turnbull is three weeks before Winx’s main spring target, her bid for an unprecedented fourth Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

Saturday will only be the sixth time the seven-year-old has raced in Melbourne and while no decision has been made on how much longer Winx’s career will continue, Waller admits it is likely to be the final time she races at Flemington.

“I would say so,” Waller said.

“We’re just taking the one run at a time. We haven’t got too far ahead of ourselves from that regard.

“Flemington on Saturday in the 2018 Turnbull Stakes is an important race and who knows what’s around the corner with Winx.

“Who would have thought after one Cox Plate that we would have been here still now, and not just running but running with distinction.

“We do respect the horse. We do respect her age and we do respect that she won’t be there forever but we’re making the most of it and looking after her as best we can.”

Waller says he is overwhelmed by the following Winx has earned, not just from racing fans but the general public.

“I also respect that the fans need to be told everything and they do want to know when she’s going to stop racing. Well, we haven’t said anything yet because she’s not stopping yet,” Waller said.

“So we just push on and take one day as it comes.”

Waller said Winx was in perfect condition mentally and physically ahead of the Turnbull and ready to run to her best again.

“She hasn’t got the world’s best rating for nothing but we just need to make sure that she stays the same and she’ll hold that rating,” Waller said.

“So it will take a champion to beat her, or a day where she’s no longer as dominant as she has been. But there’s certainly been no signs of that.

“Luck in running is always a big part and we have respect for other runners and other jockeys, so we’ll go into the race preparing that way and hopefully she does the rest.”

Hugh Bowman, who rode the mare in a gallop at Flemington on Thursday, believes Winx is stronger physically and mentally this preparation.

“I’d be very reluctant to say she’s better, because how could she be any better,” he said.

“But she’s certainly stronger.”

 
  • $500 BONUS at BetEasy Sign-up at BetEasy via this ad and Deposit $500 and start BETTING with $1000! HURRY! Offer ends this week!
  • BET NOW!
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Free Racing Bonus Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with a Free list of the best Bonus Bet offers available at every online bookmaker...

Potential staying star who was rejected by his mum

Yesterday at Gawler, a 3YO sprouted wings in the straight to race away and win like a horse going places....

Prominent horse owner Damion Flower arrested on drug charges

High-profile Australian racehorse owner Damion Flower will remain behind bars for at least a week after being charged over his...

Ben Currie guilty of another 12 charges

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has been found guilty of a further 12 charges, this time, of race day administration and...

G1 winning trainer guilty of cobalt charges

Trainer Ben Smith has been found guilty of all charges against him relating to elevated cobalt levels, race day treatments...

Watch: A star is born at Wyong

You will be hard pressed to find a better debut win from a horse at Wyong today. Exceedance a two-year-old...

Punter given $1.86 Million Dollar Bonus Bet

What would you do if you logged into your TAB account and discovered a bonus bet to the value of...

 
 
 
Copyright © 2019 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.