Best horse in the world.
With blue Winx flags flying high and a cheering crowd at Royal Randwick in Sydney on Saturday afternoon, the champion mare has won her 31st consecutive race and a world-record breaking 23rd Group 1 in the $600,000 Chipping Norton Stakes over 1600 metres.
Hugh Bowman described his run on the champion mare as “amazing” despite the seven-year-old bay mare being slightly agitated in barrier 4 beside Happy Clapper ahead of the race.
“She was a little agitated today. Moreso than she has been recently. She’s amazing, and really made it a test today. She can just cover all bases,” Bowman told Sky Racing.
“She’s just an amazing athlete.”
The race’s only mount not trained by Chris Waller, Pat Webster’s Happy Clapper finished a gallant second after working up a big lead to the final turn, while Unforgotten ran third.
Happy Clapper had never led in his life and was five lengths ahead of Winx at the 1200-metre mark when Winx had to switch to another gear.
She did just that.
WINX WINX WINX! Watch the superstar mare make history once again running down Happy Clapper to win her 31st straight race and 23 Group 1's! What a champion #GoWinx @royalrandwick. pic.twitter.com/I64iLJ1gSg
— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) March 2, 2019
“At the 700 you would have thought she was out of business. Another jockey riding her may have thought that but I knew that when I balanced up … there was no way Happy Clapper could sustain that speed.
“I knew that when she balanced up she had the energy required to reel him [Happy Clapper] in. I’ll be honest, although I was pushing her she did it with relative ease.
The victory was Winx’s fourth in a row in the Chipping Norton and her 23rd Group 1 triumph, one more than retired northern hemisphere jumper Hurricane Fly and a world record.
With prize money now in excess of $23 million, Winx’ co-owner Debbie Kepitis told Sky her mare did a track record.
“She did a track, a race record. That is unheard of in a Group 1. He [Happy Clapper] set that pace. He caused that pace so congratulations to Happy Clapper.
“Winxy had to do a complete Winxy, and she did,” she said.