Winx, ridden Hugh Bowman, wins the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Winx, ridden Hugh Bowman, wins the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes. CRAIG GOLDING

'It is a privilege to train such a champion'

THERE are times in sport when you realise what you are watching is as close to perfection as you can get.

Winx is like that. Racing's "Miss Perfect". Everything she does on the track is with an effortless ease that separates the great racehorses from the very good ones.

Sydney's super mare is seemingly invincible and at Royal Randwick on Saturday she completed her second perfect season.

Before the biggest Royal Randwick crowd in years, Winx continued her famous winning streak that stretches two years as she romped home with the Group 1 $4 million Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).

Her trainer, Chris Waller can be excused for being emotional after the race and he summed up the mood best when he said: "She is doing great things for the sport and people will remember her for the rest of their lives.

"She's had another perfect preparation, she makes everything look perfect though.

"She makes me look like a genius, Hughie (Bowman) does a great job. It was Hugh Bowman at his very best. He's definitely part of Winx, what he has done with this mare is very special.

"But the story should be all about Winx. Everywhere she goes now people follow her and it's very heartwarming. It is a privilege to train such a champion."

Winx ($1.12 favourite) scored her 17th win in succession as she romped home more than five lengths clear of her old rival, Hartnell ($18) with Sense Of Occasion ($151) a long neck away third.

Winx brought 26,801 to Randwick on Saturday, the biggest crowd at the track in he modern era and eclipsing the 25,535 which saw Black Caviar win her 25th and final race in the 2013 TJ Smith Stakes.

Bowman gave Winx a faultless ride, settling one off the fence with cover midfield then taking her wide from the 600m to avoid trouble. It was a procession from that point and the records tumbled as she opened up a margin on her chasing rivals including:

Winx's 17 consecutive wins leaves her trailing only Black Caviar (25 wins), Gloaming and Desert Gold (19) and Ajax (18) for the longest winning streaks.

She has now won 12 Group 1 races during her winning run and she is closing in on Black Caviar's all-time record of 15 majors.

"What a supreme athlete she is and what an honour it is to just be a part of her career," Bowman said.

"I don't whip her too often, but I wanted that supreme effort today, the grand final, and when I gave her one she extended again.

"Just look at her she's a supreme athlete, she's the ultimate professional, I love her and I could really feel the crowd's love for her."

News Corp Australia


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