Winx lashes out, kicks sign ahead of final race
Champion mare Winx became unsettled and kicked the mounting yard fence in a trackwork scare on the eve of her farewell race, the Group 1 $4 million Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Winx had just completed her final trackwork session on Thursday before a huge contingent of media when she became agitated in the mounting yard.
Trainer Chris Waller then decided to walk Winx back to the stables but the mare lashed out with her hind legs, smashing the sponsor's sign on the mounting yard fence.
Winx, who is usually so calm and professional, quickly settled down and was taken away to Waller's nearby stables with the trainer later advising the media the mare was unharmed.
Waller took the blame for the incident as he decided not to use the ear muffs on Winx for the track gallop.
But rather than be concerned by Winx's wilful display, Waller said it should be interpreted as a positive signs.
"I think it shows how fresh she is and how much energy she has,'' Waller said.
"This tells me she is ready to race on Saturday.''
Winx's star power attracted 14 separate television crews and media from Australia and around the world for her trackwork session.
With jockey Hugh Bowman partnering Winx as usual, the mighty mare cruised through her track gallop on the Rosehill course proper.
Winx is at $1.06 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds to end her celebrated career with a 33rd consecutive win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.