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Winx wins again

Winx AAP

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UNLESS you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of years you would have heard of Australia’s champion racehorse Winx.
The mighty mare has captured the imagination of the nation during a historic 25-race winning streak. It’s a box office event every time she races.

With the win Winx matched the 25-race winning streak of another champion, Black Caviar. You may remember the similar fanfare that accompanied Black Caviar’s dominance during the early 2010s.

The likes of Humidor — who finished second to Winx in last year’s Cox Plate — and Happy Clapper — who pushed Winx all the way in the recent George Ryder Stakes — presented as stiff challengers.
They didn’t get near her. Winx was last to load and sat last for the first half of the race.

But she moved around the outside as the final straight approached and then turned on the jets to leave the field in her wake and win by about five lengths. It was awesome.
Trainer Chris Waller could barely speak when being interviewed after the race.
Jockey Hugh Bowman was at a loss for words too. “What can I say. She is just an exceptional athlete. I’m so elated, so proud to be a part of it,” he said.

“This is the most amazing day,” added co-owner Peter Tighe. “This is the best horse in the world, with the best jockey in the world and the best trainer in the world. It seemed the world was on our shoulders today. She just makes us prouder every time she goes around.”

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