A 17th Group 1 win in the George Ryder Stakes has champion mare Winx now sitting alone as the horse with the most Group 1 flat wins anywhere in the world.
Her 24th straight victory and third win the George Ryder Stakes was her second triumph this preparation following a dominant victory in the Group 1 Chipping Norton fresh up.
Saturday’s field was small but strong with both Happy Clapper and boom three-year-old Kementari coming into the race as last start Group 1 winners. Trainer Chris Waller was aware of the exploits of these two horses and knew they could pose a threat.
“I was a little bit concerned when I knew Happy Clapper won so well first up and he’s a horse we have so much respect for and Kementari not just winning the Randwick Guineas but winning the two lead ups as well,” commented Waller.
The question on everybody’s lips is whether a trip to Europe and Royal Ascot is still on the cards for Winx, but first there is another Group 1 to aim at in Sydney.
“To be fair to the owners we haven’t even discussed it. Obviously, we know when it is and what the races are in Europe,” Waller said.
“Today was very important to see her comeback and be fairly dominant and obviously onwards to the Queen Elizabeth in three weeks’ time.
“It’s the signature race in Sydney which we were never really going to miss unless she was going to campaign in Europe.
“We’ve got to talk about coming back if she went to Europe and race in her fourth Cox Plate.
“She can only really go there for one run, possibly two, but we’ve got to put all the cards on the table. We’ll speak to the owners and have a check on the horse as well.”
Winx is owned by Peter Tighe, Debbie Kepitis & Richard Treweeke. She has now won 28 of her 34 races and earned $16,563,925 in prizemoney.
Selected by Mulcaster Bloodstock for Peter Tighe’s Magic Bloodstock, Winx was purchased for $230,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from Coolmore, who sold her on behalf of her breeder – John Camilleri’s Fairway Thoroughbreds.