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Queen Winx Reigns in QEII

The highest rated mare in the world Winx added another jewel to her crown with victory in the Group 1 $4,000,000 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick yesterday.

Selected by Muclaster Bloodstock and purchased by Peter Tighe’s Magic Bloodstock, along with Debbie Kepitis and Richard Treweeke, for $230,000, Winx has now won 12 Group 1 races, accumulated 17 straight victories and taken her earnings to $12,893,430.

In her first attempt at the Queen Elizabeth, Winx was steered expertly to victory by regular rider Hugh Bowman. She settled midfield before improving around the corner and there was no doubt at the top of the straight she would once again glide to victory.

An adoring crowd stood and applauded as she hit the front and let down to a five-length victory. The record crowd of 26,801 stayed standing as she returned to scale, giving the champion mare a rousing reception.

Chris Waller was in admiration for the feats of the great mare he trains post-race.

“I’m a racing fan through and through and like everyone I die to see horses like her so having the responsibility that comes with training her makes you very emotional when it’s over,” Waller said.

“It’s just a big relief.

“It’s indescribable really. It’s me putting undue pressure on myself but it’s hard not to.

“Get back to reality now. She’s ready for a break and so am I.”

Saturday’s victory was the 21st in the career of Winx from just 27 starts. She was purchased for $230,000 from Coolmore at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and was bred by John Camilleri’s Fairway Thoroughbreds.

A daughter of highly successful dual-hemisphere sire Street Cry, Winx is out of stakes winning mare Al Akbar mare Vegas Showgirl.

The Group 1 victory of Winx was followed up later in the day by the first Group 1 victory for Foxplay in the Group 1 Coolmore Legacy, also selected by Mulcaster Bloodstock.