Winx sets Group One world record with Chipping Norton Stakes win
Winx has set a world record for Group One wins following a come-from-behind victory in the Chipping Norton Stakes at Royal Randwick.
It was Winx’s 23rd Group One triumph and 31st consecutive win, although she was forced to work hard to overhaul chief rival Happy Clapper, who had set the early pace and at one stage led by six lengths.
The Hugh Bowman-ridden Winx won by more than a length from Happy Clapper in what was her fourth consecutive victory in the 1,600-metre Chipping Norton Stakes.
The previous record for Group One wins was held by retired Irish jumper Hurricane Fly.
“The pace was very solid throughout, as you could all see, and we had to make our own way into the race,” Bowman told Channel Seven.
“But she is an amazing horse.”
Bowman admitted Winx had much work to do with 700 metres remaining but at no point did she panic.
“I knew when I balanced her up she would find the extra gear and she did it with relative ease in the end as I expected she would,” he said.
“I had the horse to get me out of trouble and she has done it time and time again.”
Winx’s trainer Chris Waller was full of praise for the mare following her win.
Winx described as a ‘freak’ following record win
In another era, the popular Happy Clapper and his trainer Pat Webster, would be hailed as champions, especially over the Randwick mile.
“It’s probably one of his (Happy Clapper) best runs ever outside of winning the Doncaster,” Webster said.
“Hughie (Bowman) was just kidding. The only time at the 600 his elbows were going and then he was just kidding after that.”
Happy Clapper’s jockey Blake Shinn was also in awe of Winx.
“What can I say about my horse?” he said.
“He put up a Group One-winning performance but there are no superlatives you can say about the winner.
“She just a freak and she had to put up a freakish performance to beat Happy Clapper.”