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27 Sep 2018
Issue Number: Issue 648
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Relentless Winx keeps on rolling


SEEMINGLY invincible, wondermare Winx continued on her merry way with a scintillating victory in last month’s 2000m Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick, her 25th consecutive win, and 18th in Group One company, to equal Black Caviar. The latter retired unbeaten after 25 wins, 16 at Group One level, whereas Winx has tasted defeat, most recently when second in the Australian Oaks, the third anniversary of which coincided with her latest success. She was ridden cold by Hugh Bowman from the outside barrier and made her customary move approaching the home turn. Bowman took her to the outside and let her loose down the Randwick straight, where she accelerated to sweep past Gailo Chop to win by almost four lengths with Happy Clapper running on for third.

“For the first time in a long time I sat down and went through the opposition,” winning trainer, Chris Waller, said. “I have every respect for the other horses in the race like Humidor, Gailo Chop and of course Happy Clapper, but she has been going as well as ever. “I knew I had done my job but it is always a relief when she wins. It’s hard to describe what she can do.” Bowman added: “I’m so proud of her and I’m just so proud to be a part of it. There’s so many cogs to the wheel and I know I would get the dream ride here today. “God forbid if something went wrong it wouldn’t be a good place to be, but she’s so exceptional, she is able to overcome everything and what a pleasure she is for sport.

I know I have the engine to round them up, but I can’t do it on my own but she has lengths on her rivals. It makes it easy for me.” Winx will now have a break before returning in October in her quest to land a record breaking fourth Cox Plate at Moonee Valley. Winx was the middle leg of a truly memorable Group One treble for the Waller stable as they also won the Australian Oaks with Unforgotten and Sydney Cup with Who Shot Thebarman.

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