Winx has done it again and claimed her 17th consecutive victory. So what’s the background story behind this amazing mare?
Winx is like no other horse seen before and she has captured the heart of fans around the nation. With 17 consecutive wins under her girth, Winx has beaten the famous Phar Lap’s incredible winning record, well and truly deserving her crown in Australian Racing. To celebrate her last run of the Autumn Carnival, we have pulled together a brief history of Australian Racing’s Champion.
Where she was born?
Winx was born in September 2011 at Fairway Thoroughbreds run by John Camilleri, in the Hunter Valley of NSW.
Who are her parents?
Irish-bred ‘Street Cry’, a beautiful brown stallion and winner of the now $10m Dubai World Cup is the sire (father). With multiple Group 1 winners across his progeny, these are some high-priced bloodlines. Out of the also successful Vegas Showgirl (her mother), Winx was clearly the result of a superior cocktail!
When was her first race?
Winx’s first race was in June 2014 at Warwick Farm, followed by her first Group 1 race later that year in October at Royal Randwick.
Why is she so famous?
Winx’s credentials include:
- 17 straight consecutive wins to date across her short career – better than Phar Lap!
- 2015/6 named Australian Horse of the Year
- 2015 – second-ranked mare in the World’s Best Racehorse Rankings
- 2016 – both the world’s top-ranked mare and the world’s top-ranked turf horse
- 2017- co-ranked as the World’s Best Racehorse with Arrogate
How much is she worth?
Purchased at the 2013 Magic Millions Yearling Sales for $230,000 – the owners of this powerhouse will be thanking their lucky stars they decided to invest in this beauty. Winx has won over $10million in prizemoney in her short career, meaning she is the most valuable piece of four-legged real estate we can just about find.
Why is she so good?
This is of course the million dollar question when it comes to horses. With Winx it’s likely down to a healthy mix of strong bloodlines, an exceptional ‘type’ (large hindquarters or engine, wide girth, sharp turn of foot) and an equally ‘good brain’(trainability and the desire to win). Horses of this calibre know what they’re doing – they’re competitive, they’re tough and they’re one in a million. Her jockey Hugh Bowman once quoted “she was born to run” and that she has proven!