‘The sun is going down’: Mighty mare Winx wins a record 31st race in a row -but her trainer fights back tears after the win and admits she likely has only TWO STARTS left before retirement
- Winx has continued her incredible winning streak with a record 31st straight win
- Legendary mare’s trainer Chris Waller in tears when he spoke to media post-race
- Mr Waller admitted that Winx likely only has two more races before she is retired
Champion mare Winx has won her 31st consecutive race, but her tearful trainer Chris Waller confirmed after the win she likely has only two more starts before retirement.
After jumping well Winx settled in fourth, with Happy Clapper – her main opposition – taking the race right up to the mare by surging to the front.
Thousands of racegoers at Randwick Racecourse had their hearts in their mouths as the mighty mare turned into the straight some four lengths behind the front runner.
But jockey Hugh Bowman kept his cool and when Winx pulled her up alongside the leader with 200 metres to go, the result was never in doubt.
Winx’s trainer Chris Waller fought back tears as he spoke to Channel 7 after the race and admitted ‘the sun is going down’ on her incredible career.
Champion mare Winx (pictured) has won her 31st consecutive race, but her tearful trainer Chris Waller confirmed after the win she likely has only two more starts before retirement
‘The heart beats when she goes on to the track and it returns to a normal level when she comes off safely,’ Waller said.
‘I can see the sun going down, and hopefully we can get through two more races.
‘She is a superstar. She is very, very special,’ the top trainer said, fighting back tears.
Winx’s jockey Hugh Bowman said that despite being a long way behind the leader at the turn, he never doubted the champion racehorse.
‘The pace was very solid throughout, as you could all see, and we had to make our own way into the race, but she is an amazing horse,’ Bowman said.
‘I know she has got another gear… another jockey might have panicked, but I knew when I balanced her up she would find the extra gear and she did it with relative ease in the end.’
Winx will now recover before fronting up again at Rosehill in three weeks on Golden Slipper day.
Despite being a long way behind as they came into the straight jockey Hugh Bowman (above) kept his cool and when Winx pulled her up alongside the leader with 200 metres to go, the result was never in doubt
The Group 2 win takes Winx’s career winnings above $23,000,000 and extends her record for the most consecutive race victories by an Australian horse
The Group 2 win takes Winx’s career winnings well above $23,000,000 and extends her record for the most consecutive race victories by an Australian horse.
Sprint superstar Black Caviar claimed 25 consecutive wins before retiring unbeaten in 2013.
The world record for most consecutive wins for a thoroughbred racehorse is 56, set by Camarero in Puerto Rico between 1953 and 1955.