How sweet it is... Hugh Bowman salutes after Winx

How sweet it is... Hugh Bowman salutes after Winx's 25th win in succession (Image: Bradley Photos)

Waller on Winx: One step at a time

All the evidence is there to suggest Winx is going as well as ever, but her trainer Chris Waller will never put the cart before the horse when discussing plans for her 2018 spring campaign.

Despite watching the world's best galloper trot past highly-credentialed rivals to win the $4million Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) by 3.8 lengths at Randwick on Saturday, Waller knows all too well how fickle the racing game can be.

And while she obviously remains the leading contender for the Cox Plate in October for those on the outside of the 'Winx bubble', Waller said it will be the slowest of builds towards the spring - and put forward his 'one race at a time' mantra, especially given Winx's legion of fans and punters who he, and she, refuses to let down.

"I couldn't see why not [she couldn't race on]. Today's run was as good as we've seen this preparation," Waller told during a one-hour special Winx on Saturday night.

"How do you compare her to last year, or the Cox Plate? I suppose you can only compare to the horses she's beaten in them.

"Like she did in last year's Queen Elizabeth and most of her big races, she wins by 3-4 lengths.

"My only fear is letting the fans down.

"At this stage, she doesn't look like slowing up.

"It always concerns me with pre-race betting for big races, I question it because why should they be offering pre-race betting for Cox Plates, because I'll pull the pin if she's not 100 per cent?

"Every sporting person would do the same - she's a horse, let's respect that.

"Let's get her through to the spring, start her off and see how far we get.

"We'll take a traditional approach and won't be tied into anything in particular.

"The Turnbull option was fantastic in the spring for her, and it was great to get her to Flemington to stretch out on a big track, and we all know how dominant she is at Moonee Valley.

"We'd love to be there, but the horse will do the talking.

"There's no other way of looking at it, and anyone would do the same if you were in my situation.

"So bring on the spring, and take one careful step at a time, have a bit of fun, and keep the fans alive and racing."

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Waller said Winx's career has basically plateaued at a ridiculously high level for an extended period of time.

"I wouldn't say the best she's ever seen, but she's never been better if that makes sense," he said.

"I just can't fault her.

"I've never put her up against a stopwatch in terms of, 'How fast can you go?' And I don't want to know.

"Nor do we need to put her under too much pressure, and hence the reason for not travelling.

"We know we've got a superstar, and you'll only see that under pressure-type scenarios, forget her lead-up form, but when you need her to perform under pressure she's there each and every time."

And that said, Waller was hesitant to label Saturday's victory as better than any of the 24 of the streak prior - or those other four wins before that - but clearly holds the Cox Plates plus her 2015 Epsom Handicap win in high regard.

"Just the same as her first win - it's pretty hard to quantify it, when you're her coach, trainer or Dad," Waller said.

"We're not blessed with having statistics or things in front of us yet, but how do you quantify her first Cox Plate win? And her second and third? How do you quantify when she almost fell in the Epsom Handicap?

"To say today's win was better than the rest would be silly, so I think just have respect for every race she wins. It's not easy winning these big races."

So what was Winx up to on Sunday morning?

Waller explained rather than taking her on the road to the beach, the stable's set-up had accommodated for that at her Rosehill home.

"We've bought the beach to her - we've bought a machine that simulates the beach," he said.

"Saltwater, you can chill it down to four degrees which is cooler than the ocean, and you don't have to get on Parramatta Rd travelling through the busy traffic of Sydney!

"She's been in it tonight already, as our other runners have, and she'll be in it again tomorrow [Sunday] morning.

"It's quite a special piece of equipment that's very therapeutic, and naturally good for a racehorse, and it's following what the sporting people do after a big game."

And if you have not seen it already, check out the reaction of legendary broadcaster Bruce McAvaney to the performance of Winx on Saturday.

Trackside at the Commonwealth Games at Carrara as opposed to Royal Randwick, McAvaney still rode her home as hard as any other fan worldwide.