Winx Makes It 30 Straight, Easily Winning Apollo Stakes At Randwick
The great mare is back better than ever.
Incredible. Breathtaking. Inevitable. Or as Sydney race caller Darren Flindell put it:
Winx has won the Apollo Stakes at Randwick over a distance of 1400m, extending her winning streak to 30.
"I've been nervous I guess the past six weeks," her trainer Chris Waller said just before the race.
He had no need to be. Though she's now seven, which is getting old for a racehorse, Winx has still got it.
Winx jumped toward the rear of the field, but Hugh Bowman soon moved her through the field to be fifth on the point of the turn.
The great mare unleashed the trademark sprint about halfway down the straight and raced away for a two length win over Happy Clapper -- the horse she's raced against the most times and always beaten.
Meanwhile, just before the race, sky writers came to the Winx party in the skies over Sydney.
It was just another sign that yet another Winx win today seemed inevitable. And so it proved.
Last spring, Winx won an unprecedented fourth Cox Plate -- the race most purists consider Australia's greatest and toughest race. There was a sense that she might retire after that.
But Waller today explained why the great mare races on.
"It's not about the money," he said of the horse who has so far earned $23 million in prizemoney.
"Fact is, she's enjoying her racing and the public just love her.
"I've worked with horses my whole life and it's not about money. It's about the sport. The industry needs headline acts like this."
And then, because the racing gods have a sense of humour, the next race on the national TV coverage (at Flemington in Melbourne) was won by a horse called "The Inevitable".
Waller confirmed that Winx had pulled up well after today's effort, so the next Winx win seems exactly that. Inevitable. Who can beat her?