UNLESS you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of years you would have heard of Australia’s champion racehorse Winx. The mighty mare has captured the imagination of the nation during a historic 25-race winning streak. It’s a box office event every time she races.
But her win in the $AUS4-million Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2000m at Sydney’s Randwick racecourse on Saturday was extra special and, on course, they raised the “Winx” flag to loud applause – in honour of the national heroine.
With the win Winx matched the 25-race winning streak of another Australian champion, Black Caviar. The likes of Humidor — who finished second to Winx in last year’s Cox Plate — and Happy Clapper — who pushed Winx all the way in the recent George Ryder Stakes — presented as stiff challengers.
They didn’t get near her. Winx, drawn widest of all, was last to load and sat last for the first half of the race, the clip a good one. She moved around the outside as the final straight approached and then turned on the jets to leave the field in her wake and win by 3,75-lengths. It was awesome.
“I didn’t even dare to dream about this, what a privilege it is to be a part of her campaign,” said jockey Hugh Bowman. “I was last and had a dozen lengths to find at the 1000m-mark, but I knew I had the engine under me,” Bowman enthused.
The six-year-old mare by Street Cry has won 29 of 35 overall, with stakes earnings approaching $AUS19-million.
“We came into this race with a perfect preparation, something not many teams can say all the time!” said winning trainer Chris Waller.
-extracts from racing.com