Winx sets Group 1 world record as she wins 31st in a row
Sydney (AFP) –
Mighty Australian mare Winx won a world record 23rd Group 1 race Saturday and stretched her unbeaten streak to 31 as the top-rated turf horse romped to victory once again.
The best galloper on the planet, trained by Chris Waller, was odds on favourite at the 1600m Chipping Norton Stakes at Sydney's Royal Randwick Racecourse, but she had to work hard.
Happy Clapper took the lead out of the gate and was some seven lengths in front coming round the final turn, before Winx did what she has done so many times before and moved up a gear to reel in her gallant rival and win comfortably.
It was the fourth time in a row Winx has won the race, making it her 23rd Group 1 victory, one more than retired northern hemisphere jumper Hurricane Fly.
Group 1 are the highest class of thoroughbred racing, attracting the best horses and highest prizemoney. In Australia, they include the Melbourne Cup, Cox Plate and Caulfied Cup.
"The pace was very solid throughout and we had to make our way into the race," said her long-time jockey Hugh Bowman.
"I know I probably looked in trouble at the 700m... but I knew she would she would find another gear and she did it with relative ease in the end, as I expected she would.
"I had the horse to get me out of trouble, as she has done time and time again."
By seven years old most horse have retired and Winx is in her farewell autumn campaign.
She is only expected to race two more times, with the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in Randwick in April likely to be her swansong.
"I can see the sun going down, hopefully we can get through two more races," said an emotional Waller.
Asked about winning a 23rd Group 1 race, he replied: "She's a superstar, very, very special."
Winx smashed legendary sprinter Black Caviar's Australian win record last August when making it 26 in a row, with her unbeaten streak stretching back almost four years.
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