The world number one mare Winx (Aus) (Street Cry ) made a seamless return to the races on Saturday, kicking off her autumn campaign with a facile seven-length score in Randwick's G1 Chipping Norton S. Making her first start back since her historic third win in the G1 Cox Plate on October 28, Winx was last from the gates under Hugh Bowman and was about seven lengths off the lead after the opening furlong.
Then the stars (and statistics) would be aligned for Winx to equal Black Caviar's 25 wins in succession in the richest race of the Sydney autumn carnival, the Group 1 $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on Day Two of The Championships, April 14.
Jockey Hugh Bowman settled Winx in second-last place, before looping the field and romping to a seven-length victory.
Waller said that while he has lived with Winx's winning run for almost three years, he still undergoes a range of emotions as she's been readied to race.
The mare has now won nearly $16 million in prize money. "It was just her and me in the middle of the track", Bowman said.
"The first run is always the hardest", Waller said.
But trainer Chris Waller is keeping the status quo and maintaining Winx's race program hasn't been determined beyond the George Ryder.
Winx showed no rust after a significant layoff stretching back to her third Cox Plate (G1) victory October 7. "Nothing much has changed in the past 12 months".
"She knows it's her job, she enjoys her job, she enjoys going home and being another horse".
"I think if she's at her very best, she's a great chance of going but anything less than that, she's a great chance of not going".
"Outside of Winx he's another Group One victor over a mile", he said.