Winx wins 33rd consecutive race at Randwick


Australian champion mare Winx provided a fairy tale ending to an historic Thoroughbred racing career on Saturday at Royal Randwick in Sydney, defeating males in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes for the third consecutive career and extending her winning streak to 33 races.

"Waller kept the door open a little bit in interviews this week and so did (jockey) Hugh Bowman", Webster said.

"It's just an awesome experience", said Chris Waller, his voice breaking from the emotion as he celebrated what was his 100th Group One win as a trainer. "It has been very real for me all day, with the amount of people here, it is just incredible", he told the Seven Network.

Dubbed the "Usain Bolt of horse racing" by some, Winx has earned its owners more than $16 million in recent years as well winning global recognition through awards such as the 2018 Longines Horse of the Year alongside Cracksman.

Bowman settled Winx in sixth place in the nine-horse field and he made his run on her at the 600m. "Everyone watching around the world", he said.

Winx joined in as the widest runner and as she so often does, ambled to the front at the 200m.

"This horse has captured the hearts of a lot of people around the globe".

Adding to the moment, Winx became the 100th Group One victor for Waller.

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

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

"I dare say if she had something else to catch, she had more to give".

Chris Waller and Winx have combined for one last win. It's great for our sport. "Because I tell you there are times I haven't wanted to".

Winx also won the Cox Plate, Australia's weight-for-age championship, a record four times at Moonee Valley in Victoria state.

Japanese-bred Kluger, a G2 victor in Japan for Carrot Farm who had not won a race since 2016, finished second, beaten 1 1/2 lengths, with Godolphin's veteran G1-winning Hartnell a distant third in the field of nine older runners going 2,000 meters (1 1/4 miles) on good turf in front of a packed house of 43,833 at Randwick racecourse.