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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

  • Chris Waller to have four in Winx Stakes field

    Trainer Chris Waller will send out four runners in the first Group One race of the season named for his stable’s retired champion Winx. The Winx Stakes (1400m) at Randwick was formerly the Group Two Warwick Stakes and was first run at Group One level last year when Winx won... Read More »

     
  • Winx and Waller big winners at NSW awards

    Champion Winx has again been celebrated as the NSW horse of the year for her final season during which she was again unbeaten. The mare has been named the NSW miler and middle distance horse of the year in addition to the top honour at the NSW Racehorse Owners event... Read More »

     
  • Hugh Bowman returns for post-Winx era

    With a rested body and a clear mind, Hugh Bowman returns to race riding at Randwick ready for the next chapter of his career. Not only has he made peace with that, but he’s also looking at life without Winx as the start of a new era. The champion jockey... Read More »

     
  • Bookmaker opens markets for Winx’s first foal

    Online bookmaker Sportsbet have opened futures markets on Winx’s first foal after the announcement she would visit I Am Invincible during the breeding season. There will be plenty of interest surrounded Winx’s first foal leading into the horses racing career which at it’s earliest will be in just over three... Read More »

     
  • Hugh Bowman opens up about the toll riding Winx took on him

    As Hugh Bowman prepares to return to race riding for the first time in two months, he has admitted the emotion surrounding Winx took a mental and physical toll. The champion jockey has confirmed he will return at the Randwick meeting on Saturday week, having not ridden since May 1... Read More »

     
  • Winx’s foals. To sell or race?

    Connections of Champion mare Winx have still not made a decision whether they will race the stars progeny or sell them. It was announced yesterday that Australia’s best racehorse Winx would be served by I Am Invincible for this years breeding season but surprisingly the mares foal could go through... Read More »

     
 
 
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