Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Super Winx's Finishing Touch Is Just the Start

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Super Winx's Finishing Touch Is Just the Start

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Byline: Ray Thomas The Daily Telegraph

RACING: Super mare Winx is set for an extended Sydney spring campaign after coming through her outstanding Warwick Stakes better than any first-up run of her illustrious career.

Winx recorded sizzling sectional times to overcome a horror start and run down her rivals in a memorable comeback win, but fears the mighty mare had a "gut-buster" have been allayed by trainer Chris Waller.

"I guarantee you it is the best she has ever pulled up after a first-up race," Waller said yesterday.

"Normally, she will have a good blow and sweat up but she was as good as gold on Saturday.

"I went and looked at her 15 minutes after the race and you wouldn't even know she had had a run."

Winx was fractious in the barriers and came out four lengths behind her rivals before unleashing a stunning burst of acceleration from the home turn to catch stablemate Foxplay right on the line.

The champion mare was independently timed to run her final 600m in a stunning 31.88s, including a final 400m split of 20.96s and 200m of 10.72s.

There was a strong tailwind all day with gusts over 50kmh but Winx's sectional splits still make for amazing reading. She ran the fastest closing sectional of the day although Last Witness was timed to come home in his final 600m in the same time in the 1000m sprint race when he ran second to Super Too in course record time.

So many variables must be taken into account when comparing race times, including track conditions, the wind factor, handicaps and distance, but racehorses don't go much faster than Winx did in the Warwick Stakes.

This is first time Winx has broken 32s for the final 600m of a race, a feat the great Black Caviar achieved twice in her unbeaten 25-start career.

In the 2012 Lightning Stakes over the Flemington 1000m straight course, Black Caviar sprinted her final 600m in 31.82s to defeat Hay List.

Then a year later in the same race, Black Caviar scorched home in the closing 600m in 31. …

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