33 in a row! Winx retires a legend

Carrie Guzman
April 16, 2019

Waller said returning to his Rosehill stable will probably give Winx the impression her campaign is not over, but it most certainly is.

She was hot favourite and with long-time jockey Hugh Bowman in the saddle there was only ever going to be one victor, cementing her place in horse racing history alongside fellow Australian greats Phar Lap and Black Caviar. "She touches a lot of souls in very many ways".

Winx's victory took her winning sequence to 33, her tally of Group 1s to 25 and sent her earnings past the $26 million barrier.

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

Debbie Kepitis, a part-owner of Winx, said: "She is the most fantastic, supreme athlete I've ever seen handled by the best coach".

Prior to the race, Chris Waller had said there was some worry about the mighty mare.

"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".

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The Melbourne Cup may be the race that stops the nation, but on a sunny Saturday afternoon it was Winx who drew every eyeball in Australia.

The win was also her 33rd in a row, with her last loss coming at the corresponding meeting in 2015 when she ran second in the Australian Oaks, a race won on Saturday by stablemate Verry Elleegant who already has the tag of the next champion for Waller.

McDonald knows being lengths in front of Winx today is at least better than being behind her but he has seen enough to know anything close to the glamour girl's best should send her into retirement a victor and He's Eminent scrapping for the not-inconsiderable crumbs from her table.

Attracting a huge amount of backing despite prohibitive odds of 50/3 on, a 37th career win from 43 starts for the seven-year-old bay mare never looked in doubt and she stormed across the line a length-and-a-half clear of Kluger. But I can't ride to try and beat her. She was bred by Peter O'Brien's Fairway Thoroughbreds and foaled in Australia's Hunter Valley at Coolmore Stud.

"I can't describe her in words but thank you for appreciating her for what she is", he told 7 Racing.

"But she should get away with it in the Oaks because she might just be better than them and away from the top three or four the class of the race falls away a bit".

"There's not much more to say", he said. No different than I was a year ago before the Queen Elizabeth.

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