April 19, 2019

Champion Australia mare Winx wins final race for 33 in a row

15 April 2019, 09:43 | Anna Jefferson

Winx will be carrying more than half-a-million for one punter Image Getty

Winx will be carrying more than half-a-million for one punter   Image Getty

Winx will be stepping out for the final time under race conditions today and a third win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes will take her winning streak to thirty-three as well as collecting her twenty-fifth Group 1 win. "Maybe we will never know how good she really is". "She has captured the hearts of people all around the world".

In her usual style, Winx held back until the final bend before powering to the finish line to deafening roars from the crowd.

Owner Chris Waller, who was also celebrating a 100th Group One win thanks to Winx, said he was glad the fairytale ended as he hoped it would.

Winx strolled away to beat Japanese runner Kluger and Hartnell in the $4 million race that she has now won for the past three years.

Winx has also claimed her 20th victory at Randwick, where she has picked up the vast majority of her 33 race wins. For whatever reason, she keeps running as fast as she has been for four years.

Winx has provided 25 of Waller's century of majors since the trainer won his first Group 1 with Triple Honour in the 2008 Doncaster Mile. "She touches a lot of souls in very many ways".

Mr Morrison celebrates with Winx fans after the race.

"The fact is she's getting older, she will be a mum, and we have more respect for that than just taking her over to please a small amount of people".

Winx had had another Group One win in the George Ryder Stakes at Sydney's Rosehill on March 23 and overall had 37 wins from 43 starts.

The Sydney Morning Herald called her "perfection on four legs".

Ninety minutes before the race hundreds of those racegoers were packed deep in the racecourse stables, all hungry to get a glimpse of Winx such was the clamour of excitement of seeing what is now being referred to as another icon of Australian sport.

"There's been so many great horses and if she's even spoken about in the same sentence as Phar Lap and your other great horses, even in recent years Black Caviar, she was undefeated, and your Kingston Towns, everybody's got their favourites".

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

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