It’s not often the most anticipated gallop of the day is an 8:15am Rosehill trial, however the scene was set this morning as some of Australia’s best kicked of their Autumn campaigns.
The star-studded field included Everest winner Redzel, Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist, Victorian Derby Winner Ace High and of course the world’s best horse on turf Winx.
The field covered the 900m on the course proper in 54.40s, with the final 600m being ran in 35.30s. A rather leisurely gallop on a firm track.
Redzel and Trapeze artist lead the field around before Classic Uniform and Comin’ Through challenged in the straight. Only 0.3L separated these three gallopers with Trapeze holding on under minimal urgings. Redzel faded back to 7th (not asked) 0.7L behind Winx.
Winx was never asked for an effort from Bowman as she was allowed to find her feet at the rear of the field, ending up only 2L behind Trapeze artist.
The state of the track was on Bowman’s mind post-trial, stating: “I’m not saying she needs a wet track, but I would certainly prefer if we could have more moisture in it than last time.
“I don’t expect the tracks to be arranged to favour Winx. She’ll run on whatever track is provided by the weather gods, but it would be nice if it does rain leading up to her races.”
This comes as no surprise given the mare’s last preparation. In her 5 starts she never saw worse than a Good 4 and gave the racing public plenty of heart flutters winning by the narrow margins of 0.2L over Foxplay in the Warwick stakes and 0.4L over Humidor in the Cox Plate.
The only track with some sting out was a Good 4 at Flemington where she romped in the Turnbull by 6.5L over Ventura Storm.
Could another typically wet Sydney Autumn see the mare go to yet another level?
The racing world will wait in anticipation for her next trial over 1000m at Rosehill on February 5th prior to kicking off her campaign in the G2 Apollo Stakes over 1400m at Royal Randwick on February 17th.
Chris Waller is set to announce if the superstar mare is to head to Royal Ascot on March 24th after her third-up run in the Group 1 George Ryder stakes (1500m).