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Winx Closes Out Storied Career With 33rd Consecutive Victory

16 April 2019
Winx Closes Out Storied Career With 33rd Consecutive Victory

She was hot favourite and with long-time jockey Hugh Bowman in the saddle there was only ever going to be one victor, cementing her place in horse racing history alongside fellow Australian greats Phar Lap and Black Caviar.

The win was her third in the race and extended her winning streak to 33 races. "(Winx) has captured the hearts of people all around the world".

Debbie Kepitis, a part-owner of Winx, said: "She is the most incredible, supreme athlete I've ever seen handled by the best coach".

Bowman said during the week she's "bigger and stronger and more enthusiastic than she's ever been", while Waller has been waiting for the past 18 months for the mare to show signs of wanting to stop racing.

"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".

All told, Winx won 37 races.

Camapaigned by Peter Tighe's Magic Bloodstock Racing in partnership with Richard Treweeke and Debbie Kepitis and meticulously managed throughout her career by trainer Chris Waller, Winx, bred by John Camilleri's Fairway Thoroughbreds, was runner-up in the G1 ATC Oaks (2400m) precisely four years and two days ago and she has not lost since.

McDonald knows being lengths in front of Winx today is at least better than being behind her but he has seen enough to know anything close to the glamour girl's best should send her into retirement a victor and He's Eminent scrapping for the not-inconsiderable crumbs from her table. "Racing at her very best for four years, it's indescribable".

"I can't describe her (Winx) in words". I'm so proud of her.

"To get that fairytale result, it was like your wedding day", Waller said in an interview on Sunrise on Channel 7.

"It is rare they get the accolades".

"Personally I put so much into each race, from the start of her preparation to her first trial, to her first up run there is always a sigh of relief to see her hit the front at the 100m mark and it is no different today".

McDonald also suggests sharp sprint colt Zousain can return to his best in the A$1 million Arrowfield Sprint, where he meets outstanding Matamata filly Avantage.

R6, 4.25pm A$1 million Australian Oaks: Clementina, Verry Elleegant.

R9: 6.30pm A$1 million Coolmore Legacy Stakes: Consensus.