CHRIS Waller says Queensland Oaks winner Winx is doing everything right at home ahead of her return in Saturday’s Group 2 Theo Marks (1300m) at Rosehill.
Winx produced one of the most dazzling displays of speed you’ll see in a staying race when she motored home from the tail of the field to win the fillies’ classic during the winter carnival.
Despite running in the ATC Oaks over 2400m en route to her Queensland Oaks (2200m) romp, Waller feels the daughter of Street Cry is better placed around the mile.
And for that reason he’s eyeing off another Epsom Handicap with the mare after winning the past two editions of the Randwick mile with Boban and He’s Your Man.
“She’s a very good horse and has come back into the stable looking very well,” Waller said.
“I think she’s up to an Epsom Handicap and we’ll get a good guide this weekend.”
Winx has won over distances ranging between 1100m and 2200m but Waller says the best could be yet to come from the four-year-old.
“She had a lot of developing to do as a spring three-year-old but we saw she’d taken the next step during her last campaign,” he said.
“She’s never going to be a big, strong mare but certainly in time she’s strengthened up.”
Winx comes out of the trial that produced Waller’s winner of the final race last Saturday — Saddler’s Lake — another galloper that ventured north to Brisbane and enjoyed success.
The premier trainer will also send Silverball around in the Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) as the grey import continues his march towards the Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap on October 3.
Waller won the race last year with Opinion and says Silverball is tracking along nicely to give the stable another win in the 2400m staying test.
“He’s come out of his last start in good condition and after Saturday he’ll go three week into the Metrop, which looks a nice progression for him,” he said.
WINX TO WIN THEO MARKS ON SATURDAY: $4.00
WINX TO WIN CAULFIELD CUP, OCTOBER 17: $15.00