Winx’s win­ning ways – for 25th time

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - RACING -

THE Chris Waller-trained Winx, un­der Hugh Bow­man, won her 25th con­sec­u­tive vic­tory when tak­ing the $4m, Group 1 WFA Longines Queen El­iz­a­beth Stakes (2 000m) at Rand­wick yes­ter­day over­tak­ing the cham­pion sprinter Black Caviar’s record with a dom­i­nant per­for­mance of the high­est or­der.

A packed Rand­wick roared their ap­proval as the six-yearold Street Cry mare, the high­est rated horse cur­rently rac­ing in the world, de­mol­ished the field of ten with ease and flu­ency to record a 3.75-length win, her 29th over­all, and in­crease her stakes earn­ings to $18,998,424.

It was her sec­ond vic­tory in the Queen El­iz­a­beth Stakes and her 18th Group 1 win.

The thump­ing win was sur­rounded by a wall of sound from the packed van­tage points that dis­pelled any thought that this mare was not at her peak.

An­other cam­paign

She can now go for­ward to the spring for an­other cam­paign for the Group 1 WS Cox Plate to em­u­late her 2015, 2016 and 2017 wins in the race at The Val­ley in Oc­to­ber.

“Hard to de­scribe. We have got an amaz­ing sport,” said Waller.

“You can only get the best out of her when she is run­ning against the best.”

“It has been a learn­ing curve. We are at a stage now we are used to this con­stant pres­sure which is pretty in­tense. As you see the great sport­ing coaches, I love watch­ing them, see­ing how they cope with losses, you don’t stop learn­ing.

“We will have thoughts on our minds from tonight. We will start to work the time off she has had and how long she needs to be in to pre­pare,” he said of the up­com­ing spring.

“She is just an ex­cep­tional ath­lete, she cre­ates so much at­ten­tion, I am just so elated, I am so proud of her and I am just so proud to be a part of it. What can I say, I am lost for words,” said Bow­man.

Jockey Hugh Bow­man and WINX make it back-to­back wins in the Queen El­iz­a­beth Stakes yes­ter­day and Bow­man could

not hide his ex­cite­ment as he ges­tures to the crowd af­ter the cham­pion mare equalled Black Caviar’s amaz­ing

record of 25 con­sec­u­tive wins.

CHRIS WALLER sad­dled Winx to vic­tory.

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