WINX EQUALS BLACK CAVIAR’S 25 STRAIGHT WINS

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - FRONT PAGE - NATHAN EXELBY IN SYD­NEY

WHEN Black Caviar bowed out of rac­ing with a 25th straight win in front of a deliri­ous Rand­wick crowd on April 13, 2013, you would have been a laugh­ing stock if you sug­gested the feat would be re­peated in­side the decade.

Yet, al­most five years to the day, Winx repli­cated Black Caviar’s achieve­ment at the same venue, in front of a crowd of 25,822 that was just as ap­pre­cia­tive as they were the day Black Caviar bowed out.

Winx took her earn­ings to just short of $19 mil­lion in win­ning the Queen El­iz­a­beth Stakes for a second time yes­ter­day.

She was the mid­dle leg of a Group 1 tre­ble for trainer Chris Waller, fol­low­ing Un­for­got­ten’s Oaks and Who Shot The- bar­man’s Syd­ney Cup. The his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance of yes­ter­day’s win was not lost on Waller. “It feels the same as win­ning 10, but the only dif­fer­ence to­day was Black Caviar’s 25,” he said. “She was un­beaten, I’ve got the ut­most re­spect for her. Ev­ery win is so spe­cial.”

Hugh Bow­man guessed Winx has “10-12 lengths” on her ri­vals, which makes his job easy, but to repli­cate the win­ning streak of Black Caviar was some­thing beyond dreams.

“You don’t imag­ine that, you don’t dare to dream that big,” he said. “There’s so many cogs to the wheel and I know I got the dream ride here to­day. God for­bid if some­thing went wrong. It wouldn’t be a good place to be, but she’s so ex­cep­tional, she is able to over­come ev­ery­thing and what a plea­sure she is for sport.”

Part-owner Peter Tighe thanked Winx’s army of sup­port­ers for join­ing them on the jour­ney. “It just seemed the world was on our shoul­ders to­day and she just makes us prouder each time she goes around,” he said.

“What­ever they throw at her, what­ever they do, she just takes all com­ers on and beats them.

“I’d like to thank ev­ery­body from top to bot­tom here in the crowd to­day for shar­ing it with us.

“It’s just a spe­cial day for us and I only hope it’s as spe­cial for ev­ery­body that both­ered to come out or watch it on (tele­vi­sion).”

Waller re­fused to lay out plans for the spring, again re­it­er­at­ing Winx will come first.

“We don’t need any­thing more than what we’ve had. We just want the horse to be re­spected for who she is,” he said.

“We will see her in the spring. There’s no doubt­ing that, but we won’t put her un­der any pres­sure to get to any cer­tain race.

“The horse comes first. We will try and get there (a fourth Cox Plate), but there’s no pres­sure. If we’re not happy with her the day be­fore the Cox Plate, she won’t run, as sim­ple as that.”

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RELIEF, ELATION: (far left) jockey Hugh Bow­man hugs his wife Chris­tine af­ter yet an­other win on Winx; and (left) a de­lighted trainer Chris Waller af­ter suc­cess in the Queen El­iz­a­beth Stakes. Pic­tures: Getty Im­ages AAP

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