Talented three-year-old filly Winx powered past $1 million in prize money earnings with a brilliant win in the Queensland Oaks.
Just short of twelve months after winning on debut at Warwick Farm, Winx proved why she was a heavily backed favourite in the Group 1 classic, making light work of her rivals under the guidance of Hugh Bowman.
The Chris Waller trained filly settled towards the rear of the field before once again unleashing a blistering finishing burst from the top of the home straight.
In scenes similar to her win in the Sunshine Coast Guineas, Winx idled to the line late in her three and a half length win over Ungrateful Ellen and Imperial Lass.
Victory in the Queensland Oaks was the first at Group 1 level for Winx following placings in the Flight Stakes and ATC Australian Oaks.
It is likely that Winx will now be sent or a spell and readied for the back end of the spring carnival.
“She owes us nothing. She’s been there since the start of the season and she ran second in the Flight Stakes and she ran a second on a very heavy track in the Australian Oaks. I think this is a bit of a bonus as it is,” Waller said.
“To take the extra step and run in the Derby … she’s got nothing to prove. It won’t add to her value, but winning a race like the Myer in the spring might.
“When you’ve got that bit of class and turn of foot … it doesn’t matter where you draw they can overcome things. It helps when you’ve got the extra gear or two.”