For the 20th consecutive time champion mare Winx (Street Cry) appeased an adoring crowd as she dashed to victory in the Group 1 Colgate Optic White George Main Stakes over 1600m at Randwick.
After two breath-taking victories at her first two starts this autumn, Winx was once again well back in the field with plenty of ground to make up, not travelling as easy as she usually does.
When Hugh Bowman asked her to improve and asked her for an effort, she responded and showed the will to win that makes her the racehorse she is. She dashed to the lead inside the final 200m and Bowman cruised to victory over a very good rival in Happy Clapper.
“Once she got the scent, she just cuts in,” Bowman said. “It’s almost like auto-pilot.”
“She didn’t travel into it like I’m accustomed to which surprised me. I wasn’t worried when they were running such fast time.”
Once again, there were some nervous moments for connections watching on.
“She’s a hard horse to watch,” trainer Chris Waller said. “There are so many things to analyse when she runs.
“My initial reaction to how she travelled is I guess she’s never run in a race with a tempo of 1.33.
“If she didn’t finish off I’d say, ‘gee we we’re in trouble a long way from home’. I’d say she’s looking for a bit further now.
“On these good tracks it’s just go, go, go and they went out way too quick.”
Selected by Mulcaster Bloodstock, Winx beat home Happy Clapper with Foxplay, another Mulcaster Bloodstock selected yearling, running bravely for third in the colours of Star Thoroughbreds.
Owned by Peter Tighe’s Magic Bloodstock, Debbie Kepitis and Richard Treweeke, Winx has now earned $13,475,430 in prizemoney from her 24 total wins.
She was purchased by Magic Bloodstock at Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $230,000 out of the draft of Coolmore for breeder John Camilleri’s Fairway Thoroughbreds.
The next start for Winx is likely to be in four weeks’ time with the most probable options the Group 3 Craven Plate in Sydney or the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes in Melbourne before a title at a third Cox Plate.