Winx creates history by winning Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick
Source: news.com.au /
WINX has reached yet another career high, smashing a Black Caviar record that’s cemented her spot in the record books.
WINX has won a record 23rd straight race to surpass Black Caviar’s record for the most Australian Group 1 wins.
In her comeback to the track Winx was too strong for the field in the $600,000 TAB Chipping Norton Stakes at Sydney’s Royal Randwick on Saturday afternoon.
Jockey Hugh Bowman rode the mighty mare towards another victory that cements her position in the pantheon of racing’s greatest ever performers.
It was the supermare’s 16th Group 1 win, breaking Black Caviar’s record of 15. A third Chipping Norton win also took the six-year-old’s career prize money earnings to the $16 million mark.
“We’ve never talked about a horse the way we talk about her,” Channel 7’s Bruce McAvaney said.
Trainer Chris Waller said: “It’s a great story for Australian sport”.
Jockey Hugh Bowman piloted Winx into a difficult position sitting five wide around the turn before exploding down the straight from the 300m mark to hit the front and streak away from the field.
She left the field in her wake, winning by more than seven lengths ahead of Prized Icon and Classic Uniform.
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The last time Winx failed to cross the line first was in the autumn of 2015 and she kicked off this year’s autumn campaign in perfect fashion.
Her ability to maintain such a high standard for a long period of time is what’s impressed legendary trainer Gai Waterhouse most.
“Winx is so ‘dash good’, she is a remarkable mare,’’ Waterhouse said before Saturday’s race.
“The fans, the public, they want to see the champions race at a top level for a long period and that is why Winx and Black Caviar have been so popular in recent years.’’
Waterhouse said she saw no reason why Winx couldn’t win again today and she was proved right as the four-legged phenomenon secured victory by seven lengths
Winx missed the Apollo Stakes in February but had three barrier trials to prepare for the $600,000 race in the harbour city on Saturday and Bowman was confident she’d be able to get the job done.
Speaking before the race, he was upbeat about his partner in crime’s ability to continue her winning streak.
“Winx is happy in her work and her action feels great,’’ Bowman said.
“It’s hard to say she is going as well as ever until she is tested in a race but all the signs are good going into Saturday.’’
Commentators said after the race the six-year-old has returned for this preparation even better than her Spring Carnival campaign.
Ⓜ️ Sixteen Group One victories:
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