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Trainer Chris Waller declares mare Winx ‘already the greatest of all time’

Toni Hetherington, October 23, 2018 8:13AM News Corp Australia Network

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Hugh Bowman rides Winx back to the mounting yard after winning the Turnbull Stakes. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraHugh Bowman rides Winx back to the mounting yard after winning the Turnbull Stakes. Picture: Getty Images

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RACING: Trainer Chris Waller this morning declared super mare Winx in “perfect order” ahead of her push for a fourth Cox Plate on Saturday.

Winx pleased both jockey Hugh Bowman and Waller in a 1000m gallop at Moonee Valley.

“She was relaxed before her work and was strong,” Bowman said.

Winx has won Waller said it would take a champion or bad luck to beat her on Saturday.

“She is one of the greatest of all time now irrespective* of the result, he said.

“It’s all dependant on era*, how can you compare your Phar Lap or Black Caviar?

“I’m always having a moment to myself and life after Winx but I quickly come back and think ‘let’s just enjoy her for the moment’.”

Winx recently extended her winning streak* to 28 races, taking out the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington.

Sergio Garcia of Spain kisses the trophy. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraSergio Garcia of Spain kisses the trophy. Picture: Getty Images

GOLF: Sergio Garcia cruised to a four-shot victory at the weather-affected Andalucia Valderrama Masters this morning to successfully defend the title he won last year.

After a series of weather delays in southern Spain forced tournament organisers to reduce the event to three rounds on Saturday, another suspension on Sunday meant the final round had to be completed on Monday, with tournament host Garcia leading by three shots after seven holes.

And Garcia put the finishing touches to his closing 69 on day five to win the event for the third time.

Irishman Shane Lowry finished four shots behind home favourite

Garcia said: “It’s amazing to be able to win here at Valderrama three times — it’s a dream come true.”

He’s back: New Manly Coach Des Hasler. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraHe’s back: New Manly Coach Des Hasler. Picture: Getty Images

NRL: Seven years after one of the ugliest coaching bust-ups* in NRL history, Des Hasler has walked back into Manly’s head office with the aim of saving his Sea Eagles.

Manly yesterday confirmed Hasler’s appointment as head coach for three years.

“You learn in rugby league very soon that all things are possible,” Hasler said. “It’s all good, I’m back here now.”

Manly finished 15th last year, just one win clear of their first wooden spoon*.

GLOSSARY

irrespective: regardless of

era: a period of time

streak: a continuous period of success

bust-up: a separation

wooden spoon: last place

QUICK QUIZ

1. How many races has Winx now won in a row?

2. How many shots did Sergio Garcia win by?

3. When did Des Hasler last coach the Sea Eagles?

4. Who is Winx’s jockey?

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After reading the article, with a partner, highlight as many pieces of punctuation as you can find in green. Discuss how these are being used, where and how often. What level of the punctuation pyramid is the journalist using in this article?

HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think Winx can become the greatest Australian racehorse of all time?

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