SLIDESHOW: Australian Superstar Winx Caps Storybook Career at Royal Randwick

Ross Houston
April 15, 2019

Australian racehorse Winx retired on Saturday after winning her final race in Sydney, a record 33rd in a row. The competition includes Godolphin's Hartnell (GB) (Authorized ), second to Winx in the 2017 Queen Elizabeth and behind the great mare on six other occasions, including a runner-up effort the 2016 Cox Plate.

Jockey Hugh Bowman settled the champion midfield, one off the fence and waited for the ideal time to strike.

"It's an wonderful crowd here". "(Winx) has captured the hearts of people all around the world".

One lucky punter is $33,000 richer after a late bet of $550,000 on the champion.

Owner Chris Waller said: "It's hard to explain without getting too emotional". For whatever reason, she keeps running as fast as she has been for four years. "But the day has finally come".

Winx, who has banked more than Aus$26 million in prize money, will now head to the breeding barn in what could be another hugely lucrative career.

"I dare say if she had something else to give, she had more to give". So sought-after is her bloodline that a niece sold for Aus$750,000 this year.

Mr Morrison celebrates with Winx fans after the race. She began her career with three straight victories but then suffered a lean patch as a three-year old before her launching into her astounding unbeaten streak four years ago.

Starting from an outside barrier, Winx got a solid jump and settled perfectly just behind the mid-point of the field before unleashing one final trademark storm home to win by more than a length.

Such is her legend that Winx has become more than just a horse in Australia.

On Friday, however, the Sydney Morning Herald's Andrew Webster told Sky Sports Radio that connections of the superstar mare still believed she would finish her career with a run on the iconic English track.

"It's great for our sport, it's great for Australia".

"Personally I put so much into each race, from the start of her preparation to her first trial, to her first up run there is always a sigh of relief to see her hit the front at the 100m mark and it is no different today".

"The day has finally come, she is in tip top condition".

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