Winx Has Won Her Final Race At Randwick

Aubrey Yates
April 15, 2019

She smashed legendary sprinter Black Caviar's Australian win record last August when making it 26 in a row, and surpassed retired northern hemisphere jumper Hurricane Fly's then-record 22 Group 1 victories at the Chipping Norton Stakes last month.

Hugh Bowman has been aboard Winx 30 times during her current winning streak and in 32 of her career starts, though he was aboard for one of Winx's rare defeats, a runner-up effort to the classy First Seal (Aus) (Fastnet Rock ) in the G1 Coolmore Flight Randwick in October 2014.

"It's hard to explain without getting too emotional", trainer Chris Waller said.

Waller said that although her racing career is now over, the seven-year-old daughter of Street Cry would remain at his Rosehill stables or most of the next week so he and her staff could say their farewells.

It came at around the 800m post and once they straightened Bowman gave a little nudge and into the lead Winx went and the rest, as they say, is history. With less than a half mile to run, Bowman made his move to the leaders, swinging four wide at the top of the stretch as jockey Tommy Berry got a dream trip along the rails aboard Kluger, saving all the ground and taking a narrow advantage at the top of the straight.

The world's top-rated turf horse sprinted home in front of 50,000 people at Royal Randwick in Sydney.

"There's not much more to say", he said.

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Experts predict each of her foals could fetch more than a million dollars. "There's mixed emotions and I'm so proud to be part of it".

Such is her legend that Winx has become more than just a horse in Australia.

"In terms of the general sporting public, Winx has gone way beyond being just a figure in horse racing - she is a major sporting figure in the country".

"I hadn't thought about winning a race like today ever in my lifetime", he said. I mean, she just showed you what she is capable of doing.

That determination makes her a champion but Waller is unwilling to call her the best ever.

"What can you say it is an unbelievable experience it is great for our sport and great for Australia".

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