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Winx Wins Gr2 Warwick Stakes

Monday, 21st August 2017

J: J Bowman
T: C J Waller
W: 57 kgs
S: Street Cry
D: Vegas Showgirl
J: K Mc Evoy
T: C J Waller
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Foxwedge
D: Butters
J: A Hyeronimus
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott
W: 59 kgs
S: High Chaparral
D: Bak Da Princess
J: J Parr
T: G A Ryan
W: 59 kgs
S: Excites
D: Red Obsession

In circumstances that had every bookmaker thinking Christmas had come early until the shadows of the post, Australia's racing darling Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) had to dig really deep to lift Saturday's $243,250 Gr2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick in Sydney for trainer Chris Waller. The 6YO daughter of Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) drew audible gasps from the on-course crowd when hopelessly missing the break in her first start since winning the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes in early April. Regular pilot Hugh Bowman kept a cool head, methodically working the champion to overcome her 5-lengths deficit to a point where she could tack on and have an opportunity to rattle home. Relatively untouched until the last 100m where Bowman briefly went for the persuader, Winx delighted racegoers to deny game runner-up Foxplay by 0.2-lengths, just ahead of Ecuador (High Chaparral-Bak de Princess, by Danski). Trainer Chris Waller intimated post-race that she will back up in a fortnight as she builds towards the defence of her Cox Plate in a quest to equal Kingston Town's record of three consecutive wins in the significant weight-for-age Moonee Valley feature. Now undefeated in her past 18 starts against all-comers, Winx improved her dazzling record to 22 wins (including the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Gr1 Cox Plate - twice, Gr1 Caulfield Stakes, Gr1 George Main Stakes, Gr1 Doncaster Mile, Gr1 George Ryder Stakes - twice, Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes - twice, Gr1 Epsom Handicap, Gr1 Queensland Oaks, Gr1 Warwick Stakes, Gr2 Apollo Stakes - twice, Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes, Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes & Gr2 Furious Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Australian Oaks & Gr1 Flight Stakes) from 28 starts for $13,039,175 earnings. Winx was a $230,000 Magic Bloodstock purchase at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud.


Winx powers home (pic: Steve Hart)
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