Winx crowned Aus­tralia’s best

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A DAY af­ter claim­ing her 14th Group 1 win and tak­ing her un­beaten se­quence to 21, Winx ( pic­tured) has been of­fi­cially crowned Aus­tralia’s cham­pion race­horse for the sec­ond straight year.

The award is for her achieve­ments of last sea­son which in­cluded her sec­ond Cox Plate with the mare’s next start to be de­fence of Aus­tralia’s weight-for­age cham­pi­onship.

Her trainer Chris Waller also claimed the Bart Cum­mings Award at pre­sen­ta­tion night in Bris­bane on Sun­day as the lead­ing Group 1-win­ning trainer for 2016/17 and Winx’s rider Hugh Bow­man was the lead­ing Group 1 jockey.

Winx fin­ished 115 votes ahead of her near­est ri­val, Hart­nell, with Chau­tauqua, Black Heart Bart and Al­mandin round­ing out the nom­i­nees.

The mare was also named cham­pion mid­dle dis­tance horse while Chau­tauqua won his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive cham­pion sprinter ti­tle for

sea­son dur­ing which he won a third con­sec­u­tive TJ Smith Stakes.

Mick Price-trained sprinter Fly­ing Ar­tie se­cured the three-year- old colt or geld­ing award, edg­ing Godol­phin’s Astern, while Yan­kee Rose was named best of her sex in that age group.

The Darby Rac­ing Syndicate, which raced Yan­kee Rose, had a big night with Golden Slip­per win­ner She Will Reign named the Cham­pion two-year- old.

Caulfield Cup and BMW win­ner Jameka was named cham­pion stayer while three-time Grand Na­tional win­ner Wells was Aus­tral­lia’s best jumper.

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