Champion mare Winx continued her domination of the Australian turf by scoring her twenty-fifth straight win in the Group 1 $4m Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on day two of The Championships at Randwick today.
Winx’s back to back wins in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes sees her equal Black Caviar’s undefeated winning streak of twenty-five and also took her Group 1 winning tally to eighteen.
Winx ($1.24 favourite) was absolutely phenomenal as Hugh Bowman brought her from last at the 600m to overpower a high quality field of middle distance horses that included runner up Gailo Chop ($26) and third placegetter Happy Clapper ($11).
The Darren Weir trained Gailo Chop is no slouch with a Group 1 win three starts back in the $700,000 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill while Happy Clapper was coming off a win last Saturday at Randwick in the Group 1 $3m The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m).
Mark Zahra tried to put the pressure on with the front running Gailo Chop but Winx, with the polish of leading trained Chris Waller, simply cruised past the French import when Bowman lengthened the reins to record a three and three quarter lengths win over Gailo Chop with Happy Clapper a further half a lengths away in third place.
Winx has stamped herself as the modern day Phar Lap and will now be prepared to attempt to win a fourth Group 1 $3m Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley during the 2018 Melbourne Spring Carnival.
Waller was lost for words as Winx and Bowman made their way back to the winner’s stall and described the six year old mare as one of the family.
“It is hard to explain. She is our girl, our daughter, she is our love child,” Waller said.
“There was some strong competition today.”