Jockey Hugh Bowman rides Winx to victory in race 6, the Star Apollo Stakes during The Star Chinese Festival of Racing at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AAP Image/Simon Bullard) NO ARCHIVING,
Jockey Hugh Bowman rides Winx to victory in race 6, the Star Apollo Stakes during The Star Chinese Festival of Racing at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AAP Image/Simon Bullard) NO ARCHIVING,

Immortal record in Winx’s historic win

Mighty Mare Winx has done the impossible and completed a freakish hat-trick of four-consecutive Group 1 race victories with another historic run in the George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.

The seven-year-old champion's farewell from her home track in western Sydney extended her winning streak to 32 straight victories and extended her career prize money to more than $24 million.

Winx had to work for it, but showed her class to win the $1 million Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) ahead of Dreamforce and Brutal.

Winx had to do the turn four wide of the inside rail, but still had no issues chomping down on the leaders in the final 400m.

Winx rushed passed Dreamforce and Brutal to take the lead with 200m before comfortably striding out to a three-lengths win.

Winx is expected to race for the final time at Randwick on April 13 where she will again start favourite in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

 

The victory gives Winx a record unlikely to be equalled of four successive wins in three Group 1 races, the Cox Plate and Chipping Norton Stakes being the other two.

With the curtain anticipated to be drawn on Winx's remarkable racing career after next month's Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick, the Ryder looms as the mare's final appearance at Rosehill.

Trainer Chris Waller was trying to leave sentiment aside during their preparations for Winx's final run at Rosehill earlier this week.

Unbeaten in almost four years spanning her past 31 starts and 23 Group One victories, Winx started as the $1.06 favourite to claim the weight-for-age George Ryder (1500m) for the fourth-straight year on Saturday.

Since Winx's winning streak began in the 2015 Sunshine Coast Guineas, only four of her 31 victories have been at Rosehill. It's why it would have made the result extra special for Winx and all of the might mare's connections.

The Ryder is one of five Group One races on Saturday's Golden Slipper program at Rosehill, the signature race meeting for the western Sydney track which is home to Waller's stable and its biggest equine star Winx.

The high-stakes action got underway when Waller's other superstar The Autumn Sun won the $600,000 Group 1 Rosehill Guineas.

- with AAP



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