Champion mare Winx burst through the $10 million barrier with another Group 1 victory in the George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
The 7 length runaway was her 16th win in a row and the 11th at Group 1 level.
While her rivals floundered on the Heavy 10 track, Winx was able to cruise along off the speed before making ground with a trademark turn of foot in the straight. She hit the front at the 400m pole and then put paid to the race as a contest.
Genuine Group 1 stars Le Romain and Chautauqua struggled to make any impression on the $1.26 favourite. “There was a lot of pressure and it’s just great to see her win like that,” trainer Chris Waller said. “She’s just an amazing horse and my only instructions to Hughie (Bowman) were to keep her safe and hold her together.”
The George Ryder purse sent her earnings to $10,438,925 via 20 wins in 26 starts. She was bred by John Camilleri of Fairway Thoroughbreds and sold for $230,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale to Peter Tighe, Richard Treweeke and Debbie Kepitis.
Winx is by Street Cry and is keeping him in second place on the Australian ladder behind Snitzel. The deceased Darley champion will take over at the top of the premiership if she wins the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in three weeks time.