Winx racks up 33rd consecutive victory in final race

Hugh Bowman riding Winx celebrates as he returns to scale after winning the Queen Elizabeth Stakes

GETTY IMAGESHugh Bowman riding Winx celebrates as he returns to scale after winning the Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Australian superhorse Winx won a record 33rd race in a row, ending her career with a third successive Queen Elizabeth stakes and retiring with a four-year unbeaten streak.

Winx had had another Group One win in the George Ryder Stakes at Sydney's Rosehill on March 23 and overall had 37 wins from 43 starts.

Dubbed the "Usain Bolt of horse racing" by some, Winx has earned its owners more than $16 million in recent years as well winning global recognition through awards such as the 2018 Longines Horse of the Year alongside Cracksman.

But what of Winx, the wonder mare who goes into retirement after 33 consecutive wins.

Debbie Kepitis, a part-owner of Winx, said: "She is the most wonderful, supreme athlete I've ever seen handled by the best coach". "(Winx) has captured the hearts of people all around the world". Once in sight of the winning line she did what she has done so often and made the race her own in determined fashion, coming clear of Japanese challenger Kluger to win by a length and half, crossing the line to typically rapturous applause and cheers. "She touches a lot of souls in very many ways".

"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".

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"I wouldn't say life moves on after Winx.but there's a special bond between the owners, the trainer, the jockey all our key staff and our families that'll never be replaced".

Waller said that he has prepared Winx and himself no differently than he would leading up to a major race and added that Winx is ready to fire for her grand final appearance.

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

"I can't describe her in words but thank you for appreciating her for what she is", he told 7 Racing.

"Whether they are here at Randwick today, but all around Australia, New Zealand and the world".

That determination makes her a champion but Waller is unwilling to call her the best ever.

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