20 Group 1 Wins for Winx

The records have tumbled now wonder Winx continues to set new benchmarks with every race, taking her Group 1 tally to 20 with victory in the Colgate Optic White George Main Stakes.

It was the 27th consecutive win for Winx with her unbeaten run counting over three years as she continues to amaze not only the public but hose closest to her.

“It is impossible to do what Winx is doing,’’ trainer Chris Waller said.

“It’s like what Black Caviar did in 25 races, what Makybe Diva did to win three Melbourne Cups. It is just heroic.’’

“To win 27 races you have to go through some quite intense work 27 times, you have to bring a horse to the races 27 times, and you have to go home safely 27 times.

“That is quite remarkable and she can only do it before of her ability. It must be her exceptional skill that allows her to do this.

“I do notice that she is not getting bottomed out to win her races, she is going home as if it is a training gallop and that must help.’’

The determination by Winx to win is evident in the home straight and is something that Waller only sees on raceday

“I don’t see her running blistering times at trackwork, I don’t see her putting 10 lengths on Egg Tart in a track gallop,’’ Waller said.

“I don’t see her do anything special — you guys (media) see as much as I do in her morning gallops.

“So, I am waiting for the last 200m to see that power that goes into her races. It is a pretty special thing to share with you all.’’

Le Romain laid down a legitimate challenge on Saturday as he travelled comfortably into the race and hit the front at the top of the straight but eventually was no match for Winx.

“Le Romain is a very good horse and had every right to take us all the way to the 200m then she had every right to get on top of them over the last 200m and that is how it panned out,’’ Waller said.

“If you expect to win races at the 300m every time you will probably come off second best but it was a well-judged ride by Hughie (Bowman), he knew he had the extra 10 per cent that you see with her every start, it gets her out of trouble and is why this winning sequence continues.’’

Bowman was also once again full of amazement at what Winx is achieving.

“We’ll be lucky to see another one like her while I’m alive anyway, I think that is a given,’’ commented Bowman. “How lucky I am to be involved with such a horse.’

“Le Romain ran a hell of a race and at the corner, I didn’t feel in danger, but I didn’t feel like she was going to be as dominant as she usually is,

“But when that turbo kicked into gear at the 250m it was all over.

“She just knows what she is doing now. I used to control her through the gears, through the race, to help her know when and where to give her full energy but she knows now.’’

Owners Debbie Kepitis, Peter Tighe and Richard Treweeke have now cheered home Winx to win on 31 occasions as she has collected $19,582,424 in prizemoney.

She was purchased at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $230,000 from Coolmore Stud who sold her on behalf of her breeder John Camilleri.