Australia's wonder-mare Winx wins 33rd straight in final race

Florence Fletcher
April 16, 2019

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

"It could have been after a third Cox Plate".

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.

Waller has put Winx's imminent retirement to the back of his mind and has been concentrating on preparing his stable super star for her grand final appearance in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

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

"It's an fantastic crowd here.

It brings the world together as one", trainer Chris Waller said after the win.

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.

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The streak that started on the Sunshine Coast in 2015 has lasted almost four years and almost always executed with a peerless burst of acceleration and an apparent human-like obsession with winning. So the day has finally come.

Forty minutes before the Queen Elizabeth, the Waller-trained Verry Elleegant won the Australian Oaks to take the trainer's Group One tally to 99 and set the scene for a magic century.

There were tears aplenty as the sell-out crowd of 42,000 at Royal Randwick gave her a standing ovation as she rode around her home racecourse, venue of 20 of her wins, for the final time.

Experts predict each of her foals could fetch more than a million dollars. He was second to Winx when she won her Doncaster in 2016. She began her career with three straight victories but then suffered a lean patch as a three-year old before her launching into her astounding unbeaten streak four years ago.

Tighe said they would consider stallions in Australia and overseas with Winx likely to spend the months until September in familiar surroundings at Hermitage, her usual holiday farm on the outskirts of Sydney. "It's wonderful how many people come up to me and say 'I hope you beat her, ' but it's not the Australian way".

On Friday, however, the Sydney Morning Herald's Andrew Webster told Sky Sports Radio that connections of the superstar mare still believed she would finish her career with a run on the iconic English track.

Comparisons with Phar Lap have abounded this week with some suggesting Winx's record meant she had now surpassed the champion thoroughbred of the 1920s and 1930s as Australia's greatest racehorse.

"I hadn't thought about winning a race like today ever in my lifetime", Waller said.

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