Winx’s owners are adamant the four-time Cox Plate heroine could have won either The Everest or the Melbourne Cup if she was aimed at those races.
A “dusty” Peter Tighe had barely a couple of hours sleep when he fronted up to watch Winx wade through shallow waters at Altona early on Sunday, less than 24 hours after the mare ripped up racing’s record books.
While trainer Chris Waller and the connections want to delay a decision on Winx’s future until the new year, they are more certain about her ability to win the sapping two-mile test at Flemington as attention now turns to the Melbourne Cup.
“There’s no doubt,” part owner Tighe said of Winx’s suitability to the Melbourne Cup. “You could train her to win The Everest, you could train her to win the Melbourne Cup. The thing is you can’t win them all and you can’t go to every country and race her.
“We’re happy with what we’ve done. We don’t want to go into unchartered waters, but we do have no hesitation in saying we think she could win anything she was trained for.”