Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Australia's wonder-mare Winx wins 33rd straight in final race

Australia's wonder-mare Winx wins 33rd straight in final race

Starting from an outside barrier, Winx got a solid jump and settled perfectly just behind the mid-point of the field before unleashing one final trademark storm home to win by more than a length.

"So you prepare for the races to say well, if she is not as good as she was the previous start or the previous year, she will be retired".

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 also her 33rd in a row, with her last loss coming at the corresponding meeting in 2015 when she ran second in the Australian Oaks, a race won on Saturday by stablemate Verry Elleegant who already has the tag of the next champion for Waller. With less than a half mile to run, Bowman made his move to the leaders, swinging four wide at the top of the stretch as jockey Tommy Berry got a dream trip along the rails aboard Kluger, saving all the ground and taking a narrow advantage at the top of the straight. "(Winx) has captured the hearts of people all around the world". "She is the most unbelievable, supreme athlete I think I've ever seen".

Bowman added: "We came here as confident as we'd ever been and what a journey it's been".

Hugh Bowman admitted "it's hard to believe it's the end actually" but Tighe said Winx's retirement was a time for celebration, not sadness. "She touches a lot of souls in very many ways".

"This has just been complete luck that a horse like this has come into my life.

It brings the world together as one", trainer Chris Waller said after the win.

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

Waller said returning to his Rosehill stable will probably give Winx the impression her campaign is not over, but it most certainly is.

"The public realize the unbelievable history they have witnessed today".

"She is spot on", Waller told Sky Racing's HQ Saturday.

But as the horses strolled around the final bend it was clear there was going to be no other ending than Winx saluting.

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