Champion Australia mare Winx wins final race


The Australian wonder-horse, Winx, racked up a 33rd straight win and a third consecutive Queen Elizabeth stakes in the final race of a remarkable career on Saturday.

She leaves racing rated one of the greatest horses of the turf and 40,000 fans packed Randwick to see her for the last time. "She's just an fantastic horse for everybody to be part of and I'm just a small cog in the wheel".

Winx's win follows the TAB taking the biggest single wager on the mare, with one punter dropping a cool $550,000 on her last race.

Winx joined in as the widest runner and as she so often does, ambled to the front at the 200m. "Everyone watching around the world", he said.

"It's just an wonderful experience", said Chris Waller, his voice breaking from the emotion as he celebrated what was his 100th Group One win as a trainer. America, Europe, Africa, all over Australia. In the span of the last 48 months, Winx has won 32 consecutive races, at distances ranging from 1300 meters (G2 Theo Marks 2015) up to the metric mile and a quarter, including a record 24 races at Group 1 level.

Waller has put Winx's imminent retirement to the back of his mind and has been concentrating on preparing his stable super star for her grand final appearance in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

The Melbourne Cup may be the race that stops the nation, but on a sunny Saturday afternoon it was Winx who drew every eyeball in Australia.

Despite starting the race cautiously, she started moving through the field as the finish approached. It's great for our sport.

"I don't think anyone is more deserving than Chris of getting his 100th Group 1 victor with the best horse that has ever gone around in the world, " he said.

Champion Australian racehorse Winx has finished her career in fairytale fashion.

"She probably thinks she's going to prepared for another race, but I've got good news or you girl; you're not, you going to be a mum", he said.

Sent out a prohibitive favourite at $1.06, Winx had 1-1/2 lengths in hand over Kluger ($51) with Hartnell ($26) another 2-1/2 lengths away in the minor placing.