Winx nails 17 straight in Queen Elizabeth – Racing.com


Hugh Bowman rides Winx to her 17th victory in a row at Randwick (Image: Bradley Photography)

Hugh Bowman rides Winx to her 17th victory in a row at Randwick (Image: Bradley Photography)

Better than Black Caviar? Sunline and Makybe Diva? What about Kingston Town? Or even Phar Lap?

The questions are being asked and many will have an opinion, but the only one that can be answered with distinction is that Winx is far superior to anything that is currently racing in Australia. Possibly the world but until she travels overseas we can’t be definitive.

Comparisons to the past are hard to ignore. Her record says she deserves to held in the highest regard. That’s now 17 straight after her win in the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Her Group 1 tally sits at 12 and will only continue to grow.

She is simply too good. The rest can keep trying but they just aren’t capable of matching her power.

They can’t match her determination, they can’t match her speed. She has it all.

Royal Randwick has been the scene of many memorable moments and Winx’s dominance in the Queen Elizabeth will join the long list.

The winning margin over Hartnell was five-and-a-quarter lengths; Sense Of Occasion was a further neck away in third.

But this moment was all about Winx, her unflappable jockey Hugh Bowman and her master trainer Chris Waller.

“She is just so dominant,” said Bowman.

“There wasn’t a lot of pace on paper. I wouldn’t say it was a high pressure race today. Everyone found their spot and even slowed it up mid-race and it was a bit of a sprint home.

“I don’t think you see the best of her when it is that sort of race. I mean she is obviously still good, she wheeled passed them at the top of the straight and she still let down.

“Honestly, I think when she gets in a high pressure race, when there is a lot of pace from the start like there was in last year’s Cox Plate, that’s when you see the best of her.

 “What a supreme athlete she is and what an honour it is to just be a part of her career.

 “I don’t whip her too often, but I wanted that supreme effort today, the Grand Final, and when I gave her one she extended again, I could really feel the crowd’s love for her.”

“Just look at her, she’s a supreme athlete, she’s the ultimate professional, I love her.”

Waller was typical in his response to her win. It is like he almost wants to take a back seat and enjoy it like everyone else. He trains Winx like the other 200-odd horses in his stable. But she is different.

“She’s had a perfect preparation, pretty much. She makes everything look perfect really though. She makes me look like a genius,” he said.

“It should all be about Winx. Everywhere she goes people follow her and it’s very heart warming.

“It’s just a big relief for the day to be finally here and to have the job done. It’s indescribable really. We take it as it comes. She’s doing great things.

 “It’s the same every start, you shouldn’t look into patterns with her. They’re different athletes you can’t just see how they are going every day and ask them how they feel – 21 days is a long time between runs.

“You don’t expect to win every start and she’ll get beaten one day, but she’ll bounce back. She’s a champion.

“It was Hugh Bowman at his very best. He’s definitely part of Winx, I think the story should be about Winx, but Hugh and what he has done is very special.” 


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