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Winx Makes It 19 Straight

Monday, 4th September 2017

J: J Bowman
T: C J Waller
W: 57 kgs
S: Street Cry
D: Vegas Showgirl
J: J Parr
T: G A Ryan
W: 59 kgs
S: Excites
D: Red Obsession
J: R Hutchings
T: S B Marsh
W: 59 kgs
S: Shocking
D: Strictly Maternal
J: T Angland
T: C J Waller
W: 59 kgs
S: Shocking
D: Crystalthecowgirl

While the headlines might read it was business as usual for Winx, the mighty daughter of Street Cry and Vegas Showgirl gave her supporters another heart-in-mouth experience before etching win 19 from her past 19 starts in the $252,000 Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick. On a beautiful early Spring day in front of an army of adoring fans 6YO mare Winx was forced to fight for her life, even more so than when slow to start in her penultimate run, after Josh Parr set sail for home a long way out on Red Excitement (Excites) who'd made all the running. The daring catch me if you can tactics almost paid off with Hugh Bowman doing his utmost to keep Winx balanced before cutting her loose with 150m to go to haul in the leader, with Chocante third. In the end it all looked pretty easy, however both Bowman and trainer Chris Waller acknowledged that this time around the situation was even more worrying than what they'd experienced in the Warwick Stakes, a race that left runner-up Foxplay flattened. The additional $144,250 pushed Winx's earnings to $13,183,425 as she sets off in her quest to make it 20 straight in the lead up to a possible Gr1 Cox Plate treble.


Relief for Hugh Bowman as Winx gets there (pic: Steve Hart)
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