RACING: A touch of racing brilliance made its way into Toowoomba today.

Peter Tighe, managing owner of record-breaking mare Winx, was the special guest at the official launch of Toowoomba's iconic race at the Audi Centre, as he spoke about the horse that continues to amaze racing enthusiasts around the world.

Tighe owns Magic Bloodstock with wife Patty, and said it was a stroke of fortune to spend more than anticipated at the 2013 Magic Millions Sale on the Gold Coast.

"Our bloodstock agent came up with a list they thought were in our price range,” he said.

"I did the bidding, and our budget was $180-$200,000.

"It was a high-priced sale, so we stretched it to $230,000.”

The move proved to be a fortuitous one, with Winx now sitting alone as the highest prizemoney earner in Australian racing history, with a Queensland winter campaign sparking her current run of 23 successive victories.

"People stood up and took notice. After the Oaks (at Eagle Farm) we thought she was something nice,” he said.

"We tested her in harder races and it culminated in a Cox Plate. We were chuffed to get her to that stage.”

Peter Tighe, managing owner of Winx, at yesterday's launch.
Peter Tighe, managing owner of Winx, at yesterday's launch. Bev Lacey

While keeping tight-lipped on the immediate racing future of the wonder mare past this weekend's assignment, Tighe wouldn't rule out speculation of a potential trip to the UK.

"I haven't bought a top hat yet,” he said.

"If she wins the George Ryder Stakes (on Saturday), we will see if she is fit, healthy and well.

"Chris (Waller) will probably announce her plans on the Monday.”

Tighe said the Weetwood Handicap was a race he had watched for as long as he could remember.

"I haven't had any horses in the race, but it has been a great day out,” he said.

"It's been a privilege to be able to come here and put back in to racing.”

The Weetwood Week festivities were announced for the start of April, as Toowoomba Turf Club CEO Blair Odgers paid tribute to the handicap, a fixture since 1895.

"The Weetwood is a community event and we have ensured the race day and associated Weetwood events encompass everyone,” Odgers said.

Local trainers Michael Nolan and Ben Currie also spoke at the launch, as both prepared to claim outright honours this time around.

Currie is looking at taking an all guns blazing approach with Publishing Power, Amanaat and With A Promise among his leading hopes.

Jumbo Prince is assured of a start, and Nolan is looking to sew up a spot with I'm A General, who runs at Doomben on Saturday week.

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