In another heart-stopping race, champion mare Winx (Street Cry) once again produced a special performance to win the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick.
A tearaway leader, Red Excitement was nearly a dozen lengths in front of Winx as they field entered the straight. When rider Hugh Bowman asked the Chris Waller-trained mare to chase after the leader, she showed her champion qualities to reel him in in the dying stages of the race to grasp victory from defeat, with an elated Bowman pumping his fist as they went over the finishing line.
Bowman’s emotion was an indication of the mountain Winx had to climb to win the Chelmsford from what nearly was an impossible position.
“At the top of the straight I wasn’t worried last start but today I really was,” Bowman said. “What she did today was incredible.
“I mean everything she does in incredible, but I’m lost for words.”
It wasn’t only Bowman who thought Winx had too much to do in the straight with Waller also admitting to a few anxious moments.
“I didn’t think she was going to get there today to be honest. I was more confident the other day at the 300m,” Waller said.
Saturday’s victory was her second this campaign as she targets a third consecutive Cox Plate. It was her 19th successive win and her 23rd win in an accomplished career.
The win took Winx’s earnings to $13,183,430 for owners Peter Tighe of Magic Bloodstock, Debbie Kepitis and Richard Treweeke.
Selected by Mulcaster Bloodstock for Magic Bloodstock, Winx was purchased for $230,000 from Coolmore and breeder John Camilleri of Fairway Thoroughbreds at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Winx will now likely head to the Group 1 George Main Stakes next, also run at Randwick.