Australia’s best-ever racehorse Winx finds a mate – and her first offspring will command an eye-watering price
- Australia’s most famous racehorse Winx will begin her breeding career in spring
- The mare will be covered by I Am Invincible, the county’s most expensive sire
- Pregnancy takes 11 months, meaning fans can expect Winx’s first birth in August
- Racing experts say each of her fouls could be worth $1million or more
Australia’s most famous racehorse Winx will begin her breeding career this spring.
The champion mare will be covered by I Am Invincible, the county’s most expensive sire with a fee of $247,500.
Pregnancy takes 11 months, meaning fans can expect Winx’s first birth in August or September 2020.
Experts say each of her fouls could be worth $1million or more.
Winx ownership group of Peter and Patty Tighe, Richard Treweeke and Debbie Kepitis announced the news on Monday.
This image from a media release by Winx’s owners shows the two horses that are set to breed
Australia’s most famous racehorse Winx (pictured) will begin her breeding career this year
They said in a statement: ‘As owners, we have utilised and considered the expert advice of bloodstock professionals both domestically and internationally.
‘We have sought the opinions of various pedigree consultants, bloodstock agents and stud managers.
‘They provided us with the foundation of information to assess and use to compile the short list of stallions for consideration.
‘This process highlighted the extreme depth to the stallion ranks in Australia and across the world, however when considering the options of travelling overseas her welfare remained of the highest priority and we decided she would remain in Australia for her first breeding season’.
I Am Invincible (pictured) is the most successful sire this season with 28 of his offspring winning 40 stakes races
I Am Invincible is cared for at Yarraman Park in Scone, New South Wales.
The farm Tweeted: ‘All at Yarraman Park are absolutely chuffed with the news that Winx will visit I Am Invincible for the 2019 breeding season, very exciting times ahead for the farm!’
Winx is the best horse in modern racing, retiring this year with 37 wins from 46 races, earning $26,451,175 in prize money.
I Am Invincible is the most successful sire this season with 28 of his offspring winning 40 stakes races.
Racing commentator Caroline Searcy predicted Winx’s fouls could fetch seven figures.
‘When you see the Winx factor… I think there’ll be a lot more people taking interest in that yearling than they perhaps otherwise would,’ she said.
‘If over five years in [Winx’s] early breeding career she had five foals… they’d probably be valued at $1 million or upwards.’
The champion mare Winx (pictured) will be covered by I Am Invincible, the county’s most expensive sire with a fee of $247,500