Winx makes it 27 in a row

Source: Andrew Eddy

In what was likely to be her farewell to Sydney racing for 2018, Winx once again thrilled the crowds at Randwick with the world’s best racehorse stretching her winning run to 27 when she took her third Group 1 Colgate Optic White (George Main) Stakes on Saturday.

Winx unleashed what is now a trademark performance from the rear of the field with Hugh Bowman sending her three-wide on the turn before letting her loose to win by four lengths.

Winx is now expected to come to Melbourne over the next week or so to be readied for the G1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington next month, which will leave three weeks until her date with destiny and a possible fourth Cox Plate victory.

Starting at $1.10, Winx had four lengths on Le Romain ($15) on the line with a short head to Egg Tart ($26) in third place.

Trainer Chris Waller said he felt Le Romain was going to make Winx earn her 31st career victory.

“Le Romain is a very good horse and had every right to take us all the way to the 200 metres and she had every right to get on top of them over the last 200 metres and that is how it panned out,” Waller said.

“If you expect to win races at the 300 metres every time you will probably come off second best but it was a well-judged ride by Hughie. He knew he had the extra 10 per cent that you see with her every start and it gets her out of trouble and is why this winning sequence continues.

“It is quite unbelievable and she has some gears and I hope we don’t need to find any more gears but it is very special not just here at Randwick but around Australia and wherever she races, most importantly on the TV.

“It keeps going to a new level every time and she is a superstar.”

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