WINX EQUALS BLACK CAVIAR’S 25 STRAIGHT WINS
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.”
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