She's the greatest: Winx races into history with 26th straight win

Ruben Hill
August 20, 2018

Mighty mare Winx has dethroned the darling of Australian racing, Black Caviar, after setting a new national record for most consecutive wins.

Winx's record-breaking win came in the race renamed in her honour - the group 1 Winx Stakes (formerly the Warwick Stakes) over 1400m at Randwick.

The seven-year-old mare, trained by Chris Waller, thundered down the straight to take the lead at the 100-metre mark and went on to win the 1,400m Winx Stakes by a length over Invictus Prince.

The pair raced together before the turn, with Kementari edging ahead but once Winx balanced, she breezed by Kementari, who melted under the heat to finish fourth.

"(I'm) just looking for signs of her losing her dominance", Waller said on Saturday, the same day Black Caviar turned 12.

"It shouldn't be about me, it's about that incredible animal".

The 6-year-old darling of the Australian turf, the world's top-ranked horse, hadn't run since the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in April, but her victory was never in doubt.

The previous record holder, Black Caviar, claimed 25 consecutive wins before retiring unbeaten in 2013.

Winning rider Hugh Bowman said the mare lifted when the large Randwick crowd roared as the runners were midway down the home straight.

"From what we've seen so far, over the past month or so as the pressure's been on her work, she's been spot on".

After jumping evenly from barrier five, Bowman positioned Winx one-off the fence, just worse than midfield.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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