Chris Waller enhanced his amazing record in the Doncaster Mile as mighty mare Winx confirmed her status as the best horse in Australia.
Winx delivered Waller his fourth consecutive victory in the prestigious race and his sixth since Triple Honour won his inaugural Group 1 back in 2008.
In the end the margin was decisive, a clear victory over Happy Clapper and Azkadellia but there were moments when even Waller thought her winning sequence would come to an end.
Winx settled back second last in the field of 15 in the early stages and jockey Hugh Bowman was content to ride for luck, waiting for runs to open rather than scouting wide around her rivals.
Her momentum was halted at the top of the straight as Bowman searched for an opening but Winx was simply too good when the gaps appeared.
“I didn’t think she was travelling that well at the half mile, I thought we were in huge trouble,” Waller said.
“And then coming to the turn it started to look like a bit of a car crash but Hugh is just so patient and this mare simply knows how to win.
“She is quite an amazing horse, I don’t know how else to describe it.”
The focus now will be whether Waller decides to back her up in the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick next Saturday.
Waller wasn’t in the mood for considering, preferring to enjoy her momentous win and leaving that decision for early next week.
The victory stretched Winx’s winning stretch to nine in-a-row, including six Group 1s.
“The build up was really something. I can really understand what people that have had other champion race horses go through when they come to the races because the expectation is to win and you have so much confidence in the horse and you have confidence in yourself too,” Bowman said.
“But it’s still horse racing and anyone that been around knows there are plenty of tails to be told. To rely on a horse like this is just unbelievable.
“It’s an absolute honour to be involved with her and I’d just like to thank the owners and of course
Chris Waller and all his staff not only for her, she is the headline act but the whole stable. It’s just a privilege.
“I’ll be honest today. It was the first time in any time I have ridden her that half way through the race I was concerned because the worn track, it’s racing on the worst side of soft in my opinion, race nine today, it’s had a fair bit of use.
“She wasn’t overly comfortable in it so the fact that she wasn’t comfortable and still produced that finish is something of only a horse of champion qualities can do. I’m elated.”