Can Winx Keep Her Winning Streak Alive?
Winx is the hottest property in Australian horse racing right now and with just cause. Following her 17th consecutive win on Saturday 8th April in the Group 1 $4 million Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) horse racing event, Winx has cemented her place amongst Australia’s greats, and she’s only just completed her second perfect season.
Her trainer Chris Waller was emotional following the win and he stated “She is doing great things for the sport and people will remember her for the rest of their lives.”
The real question on everyone’s lips now is can Wix keep this winning streak going? Will she be able to make this streak stretch into her third year? And most importantly: can she beat Black Caviar’s incredible record of 25 wins in a row? HorseRacingFanClub.com attempts to answer these questions.
Australia’s Heart Belongs to Winx
Winx seems to lap up the attention as if she knows she’s incredible. Whenever spectators have the absolute fortune of seeing Winx with their own eyes, a kind of hushed reverence sweeps across them – an ode to the respect and awe that Winx stirs up.
While Winx may not look all that different from most thoroughbred’s, she seems to exude a quiet and calm arrogance, and she holds her head high with her ears pricked, staring straight back at her adoring public.
“I could have lived 300 lifetimes and never come close to a horse like this… She, she… she’s like a goddess,” says Richard Treweeke, one of Winx’s 3 owners.
Described As “A Horse Possessed”
Winx is owned by Treweeke, as well as Debbie Kepitis and Peter Tighe, but she was by no means a sure thing when she was purchased. The 3 owner’s blood stock agent, Guy Mulcaster, was perusing the options at the 2013 Magic Millions horse sale on the Gold Coast and he had whittled the options for purchase from 1000 to 50, and Winx was one of them.
He was drawn to Winx’s lineage above all else – her mother, Vegas Showgirl, had raced consistently well in New Zealand in over 40 races, and her father, an Irish-bred stallion called Street Cry, was a former winner of the now $10 million Dubai World Cup.
There is no doubt that both the names Vegas Showgirl and Street Cry were amongst the NZ horse racing tips of their day.
Phar Lap’s Record Beat, Ajax is Next
Winx is amongst excellent company as one of the most successful thoroughbred racehorses in history, and when she beat the famous Phar Lap’s record of 14 consecutive wins, her trainer could not have been prouder.
Now, she has taken her 17th consecutive win and has her eyes firmly set on the possibility of beating Ajax’s record of 18, Desert Gold and Gloaming’s record of 19, and ultimately attempting to break Black Caviar’s record of 25 consecutive wins.
On her 17th consecutive win, trainer Chris Waller said: “She makes everything look perfect really…She makes me look like a genius. It should all be about Winx. Everywhere she goes people follow her and its very heart warming. It’s indescribable really…She’s doing great things.”
Keeping Winx’s Fire Burning in Australia
There is no doubt that Winx is a hot-ticket at the moment, and such is her superstar status that she brought 26,801 racegoers to Randwick for the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes as opposed to the 25,535 that attended to witness Black Caviar in her 25th and final race in 2013. One thing we know for sure – horseracingfanclub.com is keeping a keen eye on Winx.