Racing: Happy 21st for Winx - champion racehorse continues winning streak


CHRIS Waller is amazed at how well Winx has pulled up after her romp in the park to win the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on Saturday. By the turn, Bowman took the daughter of Street Cry to the outside and let her loom up to the leaders.

"She'll do maintenance work over the next fortnight and then one or two proper workouts before the Cox Plate".

The win was dominant on the line, with Bowman hardly having to feel for her, coming away to win easily by six and a half lengths from Ventura Storm and Humidor in third.

Winx was put to sleep by jockey Hugh Bowman in the run, settling in fifth as Magicool set the tempo.

World-class mare Winx has provided her legion of Melbourne fans with a masterclass performance on her way to recording her 21st consecutive victory yesterday. 'While she keeps winning, she keeps the dream alive.

Win No. 21 in a row rarely looked in danger and for Bowman, the change was evident from the time he mounted the champion mare at Flemington. "She was pretty scintillating over the last 600m", he said.

When asked after the race if there was a Flemington test, Bowman remarked: "Was there a test?" It's just great that the public embrace her, not just here at Flemington today, but back home and around Australia.

Her other great Melbourne runs have come in her two Cox Plate victories, in record time and by a record winning margin.

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"She makes us all look good in what she does".

While numerous 20,000-plus crowd - nearly double the amount from previous year - experienced travel problems getting to the track after issues with the trains, Winx enjoyed a smooth passage throughout the 1m2f contest.

"She drew a good barrier, got the flawless run and got the result", said the trainer Darren Weir.

Last year's Melbourne Cup victor Almandin was eased to a general 7-1 (from 5) for a repeat success after finishing only fourth as Amelie's Star (Darren Weir/Damian Lane) secured her spot for the Flemington spectacular.

Only 11 horses in world history have won more successive races, several of them in lower-level racing jurisdictions and against less than top quality opposition.

Winx now moves on to her grand final where she will attempt to equal Kingston Town's impressive record of three Cox Plates later this month.

Kincsem, a Hungarian mare who raced in the 1870s, was unbeaten in 54 starts, while Puerto Rica's Camarero won 56 straight - in a career featuring 73 wins from 76 starts - in the 1950s.