Champion Australia mare Winx wins final race for 33 on the trot

Hugh Bowman was given a parting gift by Winx   Image Getty

Winx will bow out after 43 starts that delivered 37 wins, including 25 at Group One level.

Jockey Hugh Bowman was emotional as he reflected immediately after the race.

Winx won her third-consecutive Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2000 metres, beating Kluger and Hartnell in the 4-million-dollar (2.8 million USA dollars) race in front of some 40,000 people at Sydney's sold-out Randwick Racecourse.

The win was not only a milestone moment for Winx but also for trainer Chris Waller, who picked up his 100th Group 1 victory.

The win was also her 33rd in a row, with her last loss coming at the corresponding meeting in 2015 when she ran second in the Australian Oaks, a race won on Saturday by stablemate Verry Elleegant who already has the tag of the next champion for Waller.

Straight after finishing Bowman was left in disbelief at the luck he had for being the man who was on the saddle throughout Winx's career.

The world's top-rated turf horse sprinted home in front of 50,000 people at Royal Randwick in Sydney.


Dubbed the "Usain Bolt of horse racing" by some, Winx has earned its owners more than $16 million in recent years as well winning worldwide recognition through awards such as the 2018 Longines Horse of the Year alongside Cracksman.

Debbie Kepitis, a part-owner of Winx, said: "She is the most unbelievable, supreme athlete I've ever seen handled by the best coach". "Very mixed (emotions), so proud to be a part of it", Bowman said. "To have had a horse like her come into my life. It was just great to see so many people get behind her". "She is the most fantastic, supreme athlete I think I've ever seen".

"I hadn't thought about winning a race like today ever in my lifetime".

"The public realize the fantastic history they have witnessed today".

"She probably thinks she's going to prepared for another race, but I've got good news or you girl; you're not, you going to be a mum", he said.

Waller said returning to his Rosehill stable will probably give Winx the impression her campaign is not over, but it most certainly is.

"The unbelievable horse Winx has continued to deliver".

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