Record-breaking mare Winx win final race in Australia

Tanya Simon
April 15, 2019

Waller trained three Group 1 winners on Saturday, he also prepared Shraooh to win the Sydney Cup and Verry Ellegant to take out the ATC Australian Oaks.

While not every one of her races over the four years went to plan, Winx always managed to get herself out of difficulties with her determination to win.

Winx won her third-consecutive Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2000 metres, beating Kluger and Hartnell in the 4-million-dollar (2.8 million United States dollars) race in front of some 40,000 people at Sydney's sold-out Randwick Racecourse.

The result also marked a milestone for Waller, who recorded his 100th Group One win as a trainer.

In her usual style, Winx held back until the final bend before powering to the finish line to deafening roars from the crowd. The win was her third in the race and extended her winning streak to 33 races.

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 added: "We came here as confident as we'd ever been and what a journey it's been". 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. "She has captured the hearts of people all around the world".

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Thanks girl - Hugh Bowman's face says it all.

Such is her legend that Winx has become more than just a horse in Australia. "She touches a lot of souls in very many ways". "To have had a horse like her come into my life".

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

"I hadn't thought about winning a race like today ever in my lifetime", he said. I'll be forever thankful to her.

"Whether they are here at Randwick today, but all around Australia, New Zealand, the world".

But as the horses strolled around the final bend it was clear there was going to be no other ending than Winx saluting.

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