Champion mare Winx will be out to rewrite more history after a stunning win in the G1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) on Saturday.
The 6-length romp was one of the greatest wins ever seen at Flemington. It extended her unbeaten run to 21 and the result was never in doubt.
Back in the field for much of the race, Winx cruised up to the leaders around the turn and then lengthened down the straight in front of a carnival-sized crowd at headquarters.
It was an ideal prep for her next assignment in the G1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley in three weeks. She is gunning for a hat-trick in Australia’s weight-for-age championship – something only achieved by all-time great Kingston Town.
Trainer Chris Waller, jockey Hugh Bowman and part-owners Peter Tighe and Debbie Kepitis were thrilled with the dominant performance. “She makes us all look great -she’s a brilliant horse and does whatever you ask,” Waller declared. “It’s as simple as that.”
Winx (pictured) was a $230,000 purchase for Magic Bloodstock at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions and has now earned over $13.77 million. The Street Cry mare was bred by Fairway Thoroughbreds owner John Camilleri from stakes winning Al Akbar mare Vegas Showgirl.
“It was pretty much smooth sailing,” Bowman said. “I didn’t have to think too much about it – I just got to enjoy it like everybody else. She has developed physically and mentally and is going as good as ever.
“She broke the track record in the first Cox Plate and then won by a record margin in the second. Judging by what she did today, we’re in for another special performance this year.”