Winx wins 27 in a row with Group One win in George Main Stakes at Randwick
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Winx, Australian racing’s long-running hit, will not have as long a run as Cats, Phantom, Les Miserable but boy does she continue to put on a show.
At Randwick on Saturday, in front of approximately 13,000 people, Winx brought down the curtain on her Sydney run in the $500,000 Colgate Optic White Stakes – winning by four-lengths.
Le Romain looked menacing when he dashed to the lead in the straight but Winx made her struggle to make ground on straightening look like an act.
“I didn’t think she was going to be as dominant as she usually is but when that turbo pilot kicked in at the 250m it was all over,” jockey Hugh Bowman said.
“I mean, she just knows what she’s doing now. I used to control her through the gears through the race, o help her know when and where she needed full-on energy.
“She knows now and I’ve got to learn with her. That’s the first time I’ve had to niggle her around the home turn in a 1600m race,” he said.
As we've seen many times before, Winx gets a patient ride from Bowman through the turn and glides away from her rivals to win the G1 Optic White Stakes and extend her record to 27 straight.
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“I’m accustomed to her taking me closer in a race. I put her into it at the 800m.”
Trainer Chris Waller was lavish in his praise for Winx, who has now won 27 races in a row and 20 of them at Group I level.
“We manage her to the best of our ability but she’s just an absolute star,” Waller said.
“At the 200m mark, that last 10 per cent that you ask for, it’s always there. I don’t want to sound cocky but gee she is an amazing animal.
”That’s why this winning sequence continues.”
Waller will firm up what is next for Winx later this week but she will head to Melbourne with the Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 6 or the Caulfield Stakes (2000m) a week later as her options going toward a fourth consecutive Cox Plate, worth $5 million on October 27.