WINX SCORES 26th STRAIGHT VICTORY BREAKING BLACK CAVIAR's 25 CONSECUTIVE WIN RECORD (2018 Winx Warwick Stakes - Entire Televised Broadcast)
Expect the unexpected in horse racing, but when WINX is concerned, you can make a rare exception.
The darling of Australian racing seized BLACK CAVIAR's record for consecutive wins August 18, 2018, by extending her unbeaten run to 26 races, recording a third successive triumph in what is now the Winx Stakes (G1), a contest renamed from the Warwick Stakes in honor of the wondermare.
There were cheers for wondermare, WINX, who retained her position as the world's best racehorse in the latest Longines rankings last week, when she entered the paddock. Rapturous applause greeted her return to the winner's enclosure.
Victory in the seven-furlong Group 1 race did not appear a foregone conclusion at the halfway mark, with WINX in mid-division and with significant ground to make up. But, in her usual fashion, the 7-year-old unleashed her customary closing kick and powered home on the outside to defeat INVICTUS PRINCE by two lengths under regular rider Hugh Bowman.
"It's a while since she's run over this distance, and it's not as comfortable riding her, as it's a bit short of her best trip," Bowman said. "She was struggling at the pace over this distance, but when she balanced up and saw the winning post, she took off.
"She's just incredible. There are lots of parents with their children here, and that's what I love the most - all generations are coming here to see a horse of a caliber that we may never see again. These horses come along only once in a lifetime, and she's such a special athlete. I'm so proud of her."
All eyes were on WINX, as she tracked her perceived main danger KEMENTARI for most of the race, and as the pacesetters started to come back to the principals, it was the star mare who hit top gear to win with plenty in hand.
"I've been looking for signs of her losing her dominance since her last win," said trainer Chris Waller, wiping away tears of joy and pride. "She hasn't lost one ounce of it. If anything I've seen improvement, and that's quite staggering.
"This is not about me - it's about the amazing WINX. What she's done for the sport in Australia is incredible. She never looks like she's dominant in her races, but when it comes to the pressure point, she just breaks their hearts, as they can't live with her.
"We're lucky in life to look up to greats, be it a horse or general everyday heroes, who I respect. She's one of those."
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