Chris Waller, the trainer of champion mare Winx, has revealed what he learned from a brief encounter with the All Blacks.

Winx will chase her 29th consecutive victory in the weight-for-age race at the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

Waller compared Winx's dominance to the All Blacks, who many consider to be the greatest sports team on the planet.

"The All Blacks came to see her [Winx] and that's the status that she's at and the respect she gets from fellow athletes and fellow sports people," Waller told Radio Sport.


The Kiwi champion horse trainer, who is a big rugby fan himself, said meeting the All Blacks offered an insight into exactly why they were so successful.

"It was good to meet a few of them and just see how normal a people they were and why they're so good was obvious.

"They're just everyday people that haven't gone beyond their success, they've just stayed in touch with reality and I think that's a big thing.

"You see some sporting stars that carry on like kids really and these guys are just so mature and just taking everything in their stride and that's what gets other people involved."

Waller predicts the All Blacks will continue their dominance during their end of year tour to the northern hemisphere.

"I'm sure they'll meet their challenges along the way but like every great sporting team, when you do get beaten, it actually takes you to a new level.

"They will be right in the northern hemisphere and again, everybody looks at New Zealand to say 'wow how dominant is this team from such a small population'."

Winx v All Blacks: head-to-head

Winx's record since her debut on June 4 2014:


38 starts - 32 wins (with 28 wins in a row), 3 placings, 3 no placings.

All Blacks' record since June 7 2014: 63 matches - 55 wins, 6 losses, 2 draws.