Winx makes it happy 21st

Sunday Star-Times - - RACING -

THE world’s best horse on turf has done it again.

Winx made it 21 wins in a row with her dom­i­nant vic­tory in the Group I Turn­bull Stakes, her de­but race at Flem­ing­ton.

Jockey Hugh Bow­man was pretty re­laxed af­ter guid­ing the six-year-old through what co-owner Peter Tighe joked was an ‘‘arm­chair ride’’ for the ‘‘mas­ter of Winx’’.

‘‘(It’s) pretty spe­cial,’’ Bow­man quipped. ‘‘No sur­prise, be­lieve it or not.’’

But co-owner Deb­bie Kepi­tis couldn’t hide her emo­tions, no mat­ter how much a fait ac­com­pli the win at rac­ing’s ‘‘head­quar­ters’’ seemed.

‘‘That is bril­liant,’’ said Kepi­tis, again wear­ing her lucky black with blue and pur­ple suit with pur­ple streaks in her hair. ‘‘There’s just no words. ‘‘Happy 21st.

‘‘What a freak. An amaz­ing horse.’’ As ac­cus­tomed as he is to Winx’s vic­to­ries, trainer Chris Waller ad­mits to feel­ing re­lief each time she wins.

‘‘She makes us all look good in what she does,’’ he said.

‘‘There is no train­ing man­ual for a horse like


‘‘We’ve man­aged to get it right but she makes us get it right.’’

Winx had only raced three times in Mel­bourne be­fore Satur­day, win­ning back-to-back Cox Plates in 2015 and 2016 at Moonee Val­ley as well as claim­ing last year’s Caulfield Stakes at Caulfield.

The mighty mare’s main goal is a record­e­qualling third Cox Plate at Moonee Val­ley on Oc­to­ber 28.

Her Turn­bull Stakes vic­tory took Winx’s ca­reer earn­ings to more than A$13.7 mil­lion.

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