Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Champion Australia mare Winx wins final race

Champion Australia mare Winx wins final race

The champion mare won her third Queen Elizabeth Stakes in her final race before retirement, capping off an incredible career in style.

While a win never looked in doubt in Winx's farewell as she strolled to the lead, Japanese-trained Kluger stuck on gamely to finish just 1 1/2 lengths adrift of the world's best racehorse.

"She's captured the hearts of a lot of people around the globe".

There were tears aplenty as the sell-out crowd of 42,000 at Royal Randwick gave her a standing ovation as she rode around her home racecourse, venue of 20 of her wins, for the final time.

Owner Chris Waller, who was also celebrating a 100th Group One win thanks to Winx, said he was glad the fairytale ended as he hoped it would.

Rounding the bend widest of all, Hugh Bowman pressed the button with a furlong and a half to run and his partner began to hit top gear, sprinting clear to beat Kluger with plenty in hand, if not by overly far. After winning her first three career starts, the Oaks marked the sixth defeat in seven races for Winx. For whatever reason, she keeps running as fast as she has been for four years.

Adding to the moment, Winx became the 100th Group One victor for Waller. So sought-after is her bloodline that a niece sold for Aus$750,000 this year.

"The fact is she's getting older, she will be a mum, and we have more respect for that than just taking her over to please a small amount of people".

Mr Morrison celebrates with Winx fans after the race.

The Sydney Morning Herald called her "perfection on four legs".

Legendary Australian sports broadcaster Bruce McAvaney said ahead of the race that her farewell sat comfortably alongside any of the great Australian sporting moments he had called or witnessed in his long career.

"This has just been complete luck that a horse like this has come into my life".

"I don't think anyone is more deserving than Chris of getting his 100th Group 1 victor with the best horse that has ever gone around in the world, " he said.

"Winx is one of those rare thoroughbreds - Phar Lap was one and Black Caviar and Makybe Diva got there as well - that have transcended the sport and got into the fabric of the nation".

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