The last 200m of the George Ryder Stakes was extremely satisfying for Guy Mulcaster given he purchased both Winx and Kermadec.
With Winx aiming for her eighth straight win, the only horse who appeared capable of running her down in the concluding stages was Kermadec.
He tried hard and got within a length and a half of Winx but the mighty mare was too strong, proving her prowess in the final stages to claim the $1 million race.
“It is very special to see her win like that, it looked awkward early but Hugh (Bowman) made it look easy he got into a beautiful position and found a nice rhythm,” said trainer Chris Waller.
“She ambled up to them turning for home which is always a good sign but it’s hard when you are trying to put away a field like today, a field of superstars, First Seal came up with her and I thought oh well there’s your challenge today First Seal has beaten us every other time but today she was just dominant.
“It surprises me how she can keep beating horses like Press Statement and Kermadec they are dead-set superstars in their own right and she has beaten them pretty easily.”
The win pushed Winx’s prizemoney to $4.7 million and jockey Hugh Bowman is simply delighted to be along for the ride.
“It is a genuine world class Group 1 event. She showed her dominance here this afternoon and it is just an honour to be a part of it,” he said.
“I was a little bit more apprehensive today than recent starts just because of the draw and the setup of the race. That is what a horse that is better than the rest can do, you can make a bit of use of them in two spots.
“I had to do that to get my position in the early part. She showed her dominance the last 200m. I was surprised when I think it was Hucklebuck (Kermadec) came with me up the rail.
“I was surprised he sprinted with me up the rail but she left him in her wake the last 100m and it was just me and her and it was ever so sweet.
“We’ve come to expect it. I certainly feel as though it is up to me to put her in the right spot.
“I know she is going to deliver but I still need to put her in a position where she can. So far I’ve been able to do that.”
Zac Purton, the rider of Kermadec, was encouraged by the second-up effort of his mount and believes there is improvement to come.
“It was a great run he came through like he was going to go through with it, when he pulled up he was having a really big blow so I think he just needed it, he come on along from that and will be better next time,” he said.