Happy 21st for Winx

Herald on Sunday - - RACING -

World-class mare Winx has pro­vided her le­gion of Mel­bourne fans with a mas­ter­class per­for­mance on her way to record­ing her 21st con­sec­u­tive vic­tory yes­ter­day.

Mak­ing her Flem­ing­ton de­but, Winx smashed her ri­vals in the A$500,000 Turn­bull Stakes (2000m) in front of a huge ador­ing crowd.

Jockey Hugh Bow­man po­si­tioned Winx mid­field af­ter she jumped well from bar­rier two of seven be­fore ac­cel­er­at­ing away to reg­is­ter a 61⁄2-length win on a near-per­fect Flem­ing­ton sur­face.

The win was de­scribed by race­caller Matt Hill as “a pic­nic”.

Winx firmed from $1.40 into $1.25 to win an his­toric third Cox Plate in three weeks time.

Winx set­tled fifth in the run about eight lengths be­hind bolter Magi­cool who led from Sir Isaac New­ton.

Bow­man pushed the mare into the race be­fore the turn and she strolled up to her ri­vals be­fore sprint­ing clear to win eas­ing up.

Her Syd­ney-based Kiwi trainer Chris Waller was over­come with emo­tion af­ter the race.

“This mare makes me feel pretty spe­cial. She was pretty scin­til­lat­ing over the last 600m,” he said.

Waller said they were happy with her wins in Syd­ney but they were look­ing for her to get to Flem­ing­ton and 2000m.

Bow­man de­scribed the win “as smooth sail­ing”.

When asked af­ter the race if there was a Flem­ing­ton test, Bow­man re­marked: “Was there a test? Yeah, she is a bril­liant horse.

“What­ever you ask her to do, she does. Yeah, as sim­ple as that.

“She makes us all look great. It’s just great that the pub­lic em­brace her, not just here at Flem­ing­ton to­day, but back home and around Aus­tralia.

“She makes us all look good in what she does.

“There is no train­ing man­ual for a horse like Winx. We’ve man­aged to get it right, but she makes us get it right.”

The mare ran her last 400 in 22.91sec with­out be­ing pushed out.

In the bat­tle be­tween the $201 bolters for last, Magi­cool held off Sky­fire; 26 lengths off Winx.

The only horse to have won more races in suc­ces­sion in Aus­tralian rac­ing than Winx was the un­beaten Black Caviar with 25 wins.

The world record be­longs to Hun­gar­ian mare Kinc­sem who won all of her 54 races back in the 1870s.

Winx now moves on to her grand fi­nal where she will at­tempt to equal Kingston Town’s im­pres­sive record of three Cox Plates later this month.

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Cham­pion mare Winx ex­tends her win­ning streak to 21 with an ef­fort­less vic­tory in the Turn­bull Stakes at Flem­ing­ton yes­ter­day.

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