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Winx wins an unprecedented fourth Cox Plate at Moonee Valley
Sire Street Cry Grandsire Machiavellian
Dam Vegas Showgirl Damsire Al Akbar
Sex Mare Country Australia
Foaled 14 September 2011 Colour Bay
Breeder Fairway Thoroughbreds Owners Magic Bloodstock Racing, R G Treweeke & D N Kepitis
Trainer Chris Waller Jockey Hugh Bowman
Record 41: 35-3-0 Earnings $23,429,670

Winx is arguably Australia’s best ever racehorse and is currently ranked the best racehorse in the world by Time Form Ratings.

Winx is by Street Cry out of mare Vegas Showgirl and was sold through the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast sale for $230,000 to owners Magic Bloodstock Racing, R G Treweeke and D N Kepitis.

She is trained by leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller with Hugh Bowman being her regular jockey, she was breed by Fairway Thoroughbreds foaling date being on 14th September 2011.

Winx Facts

  • Winx’s name is inspired by the 1970s and 80s Vegas burlesque shows when the men in the front row would wink at the exotic dancers.
  • Her first race was a Wednesday maiden at Warwick Farm over 1100M on the 4th of June, 2014. Jason Collett, apprentice to Chris Waller at the time, rode her to a 0.8L victory.
  • The mighty mare is currently on a long winning streak, but she has been beaten six times in her 42 career starts.
  • Winx’s first loss came at her fourth start. A Group 2 race over 1400M at Randwick on the 20th of September, 2014. She was beaten by $19 hope First Seal by 0.8L.
  • Jockeys that have lost on Winx. Jason Collett (3), Hugh Bowman (1), Tommy Berry (1), João Moreira (1).
  • João Moreira is the only jockey to have ridden Winx but not win on her.
  • Winx’s largest winning margin (8L) came when she stormed home to win her second Cox Plate in 2016.
  • Winx is unbeaten in Victoria and Queensland with all of her loses being in NSW.
  • The last horse to beat Winx was Gust of Wind.
  • Winx’s famous colours belong to part-owner Peter Tighe and the ‘M’ stands for his Magic Bloodstock Racing ownership name.
  • Winx has beaten 78 different Group One winners in her career.
  • Winx has beaten 228 different horses in her career.
  • Winx was born at John Camilleri’s Fairway Thoroughbreds farm in the Hunter Valley on September 14, 2011.
  • Winx was sold for $230,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.
  • Winx has trialled 23 times but has only won 2 of them.
  • Since Winx’s last defeat, she has won 32 in a row by a collective of 88.35 lengths.
  • Winx was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2017.

Winx Cox Plate Record

  • Four starts for four wins (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Kingston Town won the race three times (1980 ,81, 82), a feat most thought could never be surpassed
  • Winx broke the Moonee Valley 2040m track record in her 2015 win, clocking 2:02.98
  • Bettered her own 2015 course record in her 2017 victory, running 2:02.94
  • Set record winning margin (eight lengths) in 2016

2015:

Winx ($4.60) beat Criterion by 4-3/4 lengths with Highland Reel another three-quarters of a length away third

2016:

Winx ($1.80) powered away from Hartnell in an eight-length win, with Yankee Rose third

2017:

Winx ($1.18) held off Humidor to win by a long neck. Folkswood was 4-1/4 lengths away third.

2018:

Winx ($1.24) ran to the front at the 200m to beat Benbatl by two lengths. Humidor was 2-3/4 lengths away third.

 

Winx's Career Record

Date Race Class Distance Track Finish Jockey
Jun 4, 2014 Ibis Milano Restaurant Maiden 1100m Warwick Farm 1st R Collett
Jun 28, 2014 Tab Early Quaddie Handicap Open 1400m Rosehill 1st R Collett
Sep 6, 2014 Furious Stakes Group 2 1200m Randwick 1st H Bowman
Sep 20, 2014 Tea Rose Stakes Group 2 1400m Randwick 2nd R Collett
Oct 4, 2014 Coolmore Flight Stakes Group 1 1600m Randwick 2nd H Bowman
Feb 14, 2015 Light Fingers Stakes Group 2 1200m Randwick 7th R Collett
Feb 28, 2015 Surround Stakes Group 2 1400m Warwick Farm 5th R Collett
Mar 14, 2015 Phar Lap Stakes Group 2 1500m Rosehill 1st Tommy Berry
Mar 28, 2015 Vinery Stud Stakes Group 1 2000m Rosehill 5th Tommy Berry
Apr 11, 2015 Australian Oaks Group 2 2400m Randwick 2nd J Moreira
May 16, 2015 Sunshine Coast Guineas Group 3 1600m Sunshine Coast 1st L V Cassidy
May 30, 2015 Queensland Oaks Group 1 2200m Doomben 1st H Bowman
Sep 15, 2015 Theo Marks Stakes Group 2 1300m Rosehill 1st B Mcdonald
Oct 3, 2015 Epsom Handicap Group 1 1600m Randwick 1st H Bowman
Oct 24, 2015 Cox Plate Group 1 2040m Moonee Valley 1st H Bowman
Feb 13, 2016 Apollo Stakes Group 2 1400m Randwick 1st H Bowman
Feb 27, 2016 Chipping Norton Stakes Group 1 1600m Randwick 1st H Bowman
Mar 19, 2016 George Ryder Stakes Group 1 1500m Rosehill 1st H Bowman
Apr 2, 2016 Doncaster Mile Group 1 1600m Randwick 1st H Bowman
Aug 20, 2016 Warwick Stakes Group 2 1400m Randwick 1st H Bowman
Sep 17, 2016 George Main Stakes Group 1 1600m Randwick 1st H Bowman
Oct 8, 2016 Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes Group 1 2000m Caulfield 1st H Bowman
Oct 22, 2016 Cox Plate Group 1 2040m Moonee Valley 1st H Bowman
Feb 13, 2017 Apollo Stakes Group 2 1400m Randwick 1st H Bowman
Feb 25, 2017 Chipping Norton Stakes Group 1 1600m Randwick 1st H Bowman
Mar 18, 2017 George Ryder Stakes Group 1 1500m Rosehill 1st H Bowman
Apr 8, 2017 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Group 1 2000m Randwick 1st H Bowman
Aug 19, 2017 Warwick Stakes Group 2 1400m Randwick 1st H Bowman
Sep 2, 2017 Chelmsford Stakes Group 2 1600m Randwick 1st H Bowman
Sep 16, 2017 George Main Stakes Group 1 1600m Randwick 1st H Bowman
Oct 7, 2017 Turnbull Stakes Group 1 2000m Flemington 1st H Bowman
Oct 28, 2017 Cox Plate Group 1 2040m Moonee Valley 1st H Bowman
Mar 3, 2018 Chipping Norton Stakes Group 1 1600m Randwick 1st H Bowman
Mar 24, 2018 George Ryder Stakes Group 1 1500m Rosehill 1st H Bowman
Apr 14, 2018 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Group 1 2000m Randwick 1st H Bowman
Aug 18, 2018 Winx Stakes Group 1 1400m Randwick 1st H Bowman
Sep 15, 2018 George Main Stakes Group 1 1600m Randwick 1st H Bowman
Oct 6, 2018 Turnbull Stakes Group 1 2000m Flemington 1st H Bowman
Oct 27, 2018 Cox Plate Group 1 2040m Moonee Valley 1st H Bowman
Feb 16, 2019 Apollo Stakes Group 2 1400m Randwick 1st H Bowman
Mar 2, 2019 Chipping Norton Stakes Group 1 1600m Randwick 1st H Bowman
Mar 23, 2019 George Ryder Stakes Group 1 1500m Rosehill 1st H Bowman
 
 

Winx Horse News

  • PETA wants Winx biography changed

    After a recent article by news outlet The Guardian suggesting that Winx’s half-brother Bareul Jeong was slaughtered for meat in South Korea, PETA has written to Andrew Rule, the author of Winx: The Authorised Biography, to ask for an addendum to the book to include this new information. Our thoughts:... Read More »

     
  • Winx used to embarrass Australian racing industry

    In one of the most disrespectful, extraordinarily inaccurate headlines ever sent to print, The Guardian Newspaper in England has slammed our export-racing business. Have a look at this and you be the judge. Winx’s brother among Australian racehorses killed for meat in South Korea. That was the headline. I kid... Read More »

     
  • Watch: 5 years ago today Winx made her debut

    I was driving along yesterday listening to the radio and heard a song with a clever verse. It said: “Midnight in a crowded room I would have had to come up and talk to you Anywhere, I don’t care Forever’s gotta start somewhere.” And while that’s about a relationship starting,... Read More »

     
  • Queensland Oaks day to have a touch of Winx

    Champion mare Winx’s great career will be remembered at the racetrack where her marvellous Group One run started. In 2015 Winx began her world record of 25 consecutive Group One wins in the Queensland Oaks which was run at Doomben. Winx’s connections have for the first time at an Australian... Read More »

     
  • Winx to be honoured with stand at Randwick

    Retired champion Winx is to have a new public stand at Randwick Racecourse named in her honour. In a joint venture, Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club will build the stand which will accommodate about 5000 people at the Leger end of the course adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth... Read More »

     
  • Labor Party a safer bet than Winx

    Champion mare Winx won thirty three races in a row but a punter with Ladbrokes think Labor are a safer bet than arguably Australia’s best ever racehorse. Online bookmaker Ladbrokes have reported they have taken their second biggest ever bet on Bill Shorten’s Labor to win next weekends election with... Read More »

     
 
 
 
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