Record-breaking mare Winx win final race in Australia

Record-breaking mare Winx win final race in Australia”

Owner Chris Waller said: "It's hard to explain without getting too emotional".

Jockey Hugh Bowman said there were mixed emotions immediately after the race.

A crowd of over 50,000 whooped and cheered as Winx passed the winning post at the Royal Randwick racecourse in Sydney, Australia, one final time.

Bowman stood out of the saddle and raised his arms to salute the full throated crowd in the members stand and then took her on a final farewell sprint down the straight for the masses of ordinary punters who came to say goodbye.

'It is not only her athleticism and record on the track that has captured the hearts and minds of the nation, it is so much more'.

"I hadn't thought about winning a race like today ever in my lifetime", he said. "And it is such a special moment to share it with not only my attractive wife and my handsome children, but the lovely people who have been right behind Winx", he said.

"I dare say if she had something else to catch, she had more to give".

"Whether they are here at Randwick today, but all around Australia, New Zealand, the world. But thanks for appreciating her for what she is". "She's just an awesome horse for everybody to be part of and I'm just a small cog in the wheel".

What can you say it is an fantastic experience it is great for our sport and great for Australia. Twenty-five of those wins for the 7-year-old daughter of Street Cry out of Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar, came in Group 1 competition in her native Australia. Her 37 career victories match the record of another Australian racing legend, Phar Lap, who raced from 1929-'32.

"In terms of the general sporting public, Winx has gone way beyond being just a figure in horse racing - she is a major sporting figure in the country. She touches a lot of souls in very many ways". I mean, she just showed you what she is capable of doing.

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