Winx Makes History, Takes Out New Record For Consecutive Wins
Winx has raced into history, and fans across the country are in awe.
Mighty mare Winx has dethroned the darling of Australian racing, Black Caviar, after setting a new national record for most consecutive wins.
The seven-year-old recorded her 26th victory in a row today at Royal Randwick, taking out her namesake race -- the $500,000 Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m)-- and beating her predecessor's unbroken run of 25 wins.
True to her style, she spent majority of the race settled at the back of the field before exploding down the final stretch with her trademark acceleration, crossing the line two-and-a-half lengths ahead of Invictus Prince in second and D'argento in third.
"She heard the crowd. I heard it and I'm sure she heard it because when the crowd erupted at the 250m mark she just dropped and went," Jockey Hugh Bowman told Seven Network following the race.
"I love being on her and I'm privileged to be on her and I get all the accolades but I'm sure she could do it without me."
As well as a new record, Winx's win has earned her a spot in a select group by becoming just the 14th horse to claim 30 career wins.
While Winx may have over-taken super sprinter Black Caviar in consecutive wins, loyal fans of the previous champion will be quick to remind punters that unlike Winx, she was never beaten.
After her retirement in 2013, few thought Black Caviar's 25-straight run would be bested any time soon. But today -- on her 12th birthday no less -- one of the only animals with their own Australian Story episode was nudged slightly from her pedestal.
With no talks of retirement just yet for Winx, she will now be aimed toward an unprecedented fourth Cox Plate win in a row, potentially riding out a campaign that will push her consecutive wins to 30.
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