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Champion Winx Soars in Apollo

Champion galloper Winx showed she was in to give Sydney racegoers an autumn to remember, with an awesome first up win in Monday’s Group 2 Apollo Stakes, over 1400 metres at Royal Randwick.

In emulating the legendary Phar Lap with 14 consecutive wins, Winx cruised to the line ahead of Hartnell by two and three quarters lengths.

At her first start since the record breaking eight length win in the Cox Plate, Winx couldn’t have been any more impressive racing clear of a class field, as if it was a mere walk in the park.

The highest ranked turf horse in the world she will continue on now to three Group One races, the time honoured Chipping Norton Stakes, George Ryder Stakes, before her grand final this preparation, the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

If she remains unbeaten at the conclusion of the autumn racing in Sydney, she will seriously threaten the all time stakes winning record created by Makybe Diva of $14,526,685.

Connections are not getting carried away with future plans, except the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in October is a strong possibility.

“A very humbling experience to say the least,” a proud Chris Waller said, “it’s a huge privilege to be a part of her career.”

“Hugh does such a fantastic job, he’s Mr Cool, he makes it so easy, with a field of 14 runners he has to get out at the right time and unleash his challenge”.

For winning rider Hugh Bowman the fairy tale story of Winx continues, he is very proud of the achievements of his best four legged friend.

“She’s a racehorse; she’s an athlete, she’s an exciting piece of work and it’s a privilege to be a part of it,” said Hugh Bowman.

Winx was a $230,000 purchase at 2013 Magic Millions Sales on the Gold Coast, and since earned $9,493,425 for connections, which includes the Apollo trophy.

She is a daughter of the former outstanding international sire Street Cry, she was included in the draft of Coolmore on behalf of the Camilleri family of Fairway Thoroughbreds, and is from their Stakes winning Al Akbar mare, Vegas Showgirl.

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Winx wins the Apollo Stakes

 

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