Outstanding! Winx Just Got The Ultimate Accolade
She won 33 straight races and a million hearts. And now?
She's getting a stand, that's what now.
Yes, Winx was outstanding as a racehorse and soon people will be standing in a stand named after her outstanding self.
The Winx stand will be built on the Leger Lawn at Sydney's Royal Randwick racecourse. That's the bit about 200 metres from the winning post -- right where Winx used to make her decisive burst in her races.
It will cater for approximately 5,000 spectators on major race days, and will also be used by the Australian Turf Club year-round for non-race day events such as conferences, trade shows and exhibitions.
Pending final planning approvals, the Australian Turf Club is aiming to have the stand open to the public for the running of The Everest in October 2020.
Winx was a remarkably adaptable racehorse who could win in all conditions and in both directions (they run clockwise in Sydney and anti-clockwise in Melbourne).
Though she was stabled at Rosehill Gardens racecourse in Sydney's west, Royal Randwick, in Sydney's breezy eastern suburbs, was her spiritual home. Of the 37 victories in her career, 20 were at Randwick.
That's why she's getting a stand there. Meanwhile at Rosehill, she'll get a statue.
THE WINX STAND FACT SHEET
- A Ground Floor level with undercover comfort for spectators on major race days;
- Level 1 terrace will provide superior views over the racecourse activated in race day or non-race day events;
- Structure will cater for approximately 5,000 spectators undercover at Royal Randwick;
- The development is subject to a State Significant Planning Approval (SSDA) pathway;
- ATC aiming to submit SSDA by late July 2019;
- Pending final planning approval, ATC aiming to have the new facility operational for Everest 2020.