Hugh Bowman celebrates another Winx victory.
Hugh Bowman celebrates another Winx victory. JULIAN SMITH

Only bad luck will end Winx's streak, says trainer

PETER Moody insists Winx has now developed that air of invincibility Black Caviar was renowned for and believes misfortune is the only way the new queen of the turf's amazing winning streak will end.

Winx took her record to 14 consecutive wins with a breathtaking first-up win in Monday's Group 2 Apollo Stakes and will be prohibitive odds to make it 15-straight when she lines up in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday week.

The unbeaten Black Caviar won 25-straight races during her career and Moody admits Winx could chase down that winning streak if she races on long enough.

"She has got to the stage a bit like Black Caviar where the only thing that is going to bring about her downfall is misfortune and you certainly don't wish that upon them," said Moody, who trained Black Caviar.

"When I went to the races with Black Caviar basically I knew each and every time the only way she is going to get beat is if something went drastically wrong either to her or some circumstance in the race that was out of our control because the facts and figures suggest the opposition just couldn't beat them."

Comparisons between Black Caviar and Winx are irrelevant because one was a sprinter and the other is a mile to 2000m horse.

But Moody said they had many similar traits that made them so special.

"It's their ability to put the opposition to the sword really, when they let go and they just quicken and break the hearts of the opposition," he said

"They have an unbelievable will to win but more importantly they have the ability to do it.

"I don't think we need to be trying to compare them and let's enjoy them for what they were and one has been and gone and (we should) enjoy the one we have currently got.

"But we've been fortunate the last 20 years in Australasia really. We've had some great mares - Sunline, Makybe Diva, Atlantic Jewel, Black Caviar and now Winx."

Winx's trainer Chris Waller has expressed relief rather than elation after her most recent wins and Moody understands that feeling.

"I think Chris is feeling probably what I went through," he said. "You don't get to enjoy the moment then and there because it is all just a big 'thank god we've got the job done' because of the expectation.

"It wasn't about enjoyment, particularly for (jockey) Luke (Nolen) and I, and it was about relief.

"I wouldn't trade it for the world but it's sad you don't enjoy it as much as you should along the way because of the build-up and I just know at the end of each day she was racing I was totally rooted."

Nearly 6000 fans turned up to Randwick on Monday to watch Winx and Waller said it was a humbling experience.

"I wouldn't say she has got to Black Caviar status at all but you start to get that feeling," Waller told RSN radio. "To see them with the caps or blue flags or other memorabilia it is a pretty humbling experience to see them doing it for one of your horses.

"She is a mature horse now and I think she will maintain her ratings and it will take a very good horse to beat her and it will take her to start to taper off as horses do at some stage in their career. But at this stage I think she will be right for the next six months at least."

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