Finally, the hour of reckoning came and the champion mare did what everyone was expecting; to win group 1$1 million at Rosehill Gardens. Winix was in a class of her own and she reminded the crowd that she is still a phenomenon. The mare did not just win the coveted race but broke the record to enhance her legacy. She broke the record set in 1984 by an American Champion John Henry. This was her 24th successive win which means that she only needs to win one more race to beat the mighty Black Caviar.
Consequently, Winx becomes an Australian trained racehorse to go past the $16million prizemoney barrier. She has met about 57 Group 1 winners beating them all. She has won 24 consecutive races in amazing 1077 days. Her last win made the trainer Chris Waller concede that he does not have the superlatives to describe her. He only said that he is proud of her after she broke the world record which he said will be part of the things they will look at when her racing days are over. The mare is still energetic and there are no signs that her winning streak will be ending anytime soon.
She was $1.16 favorite and took charge and controlled the race from the start. When she secured a length ahead of Happy Clapper and kamentari, it was obvious that she would take the lead. “This was a tactical race,” Said Bowman, who added that there was no pressure on his part despite the huge crowd that presented itself on the course. He added that he never went behind Kamentari and he felt that he was drifting away from them. The world number one Jockey added that he acknowledges that Winx is a high-class horse and that he has never treated her competitors with disrespect. ‘’Today, she competed against Happy Clapper who is considered a supreme athlete and managed to beat her’’ Said Bowman. He added that he felt the crowd erupt after only 200m and knew that he was ahead of the pack and the world record. He concluded by saying that indeed Winx is a special horse and that he is happy to be her jockey.
Bowman said that so far the owners have not discussed her performance but they were happy that she had come back and dominated the Rosehill Gardens. He said that he was certain that the horse will take part in the Sydney’s Queen Elizabeth race that is scheduled three weeks from now.