Winx bows out with victory in Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Hugh Bowman was given a parting gift by Winx   Image Getty

Peter Tighe, a part-owner of Winx, paid tribute to the genius of Chris Waller after he trained his 100th Group 1 victor with the great mare's Queen Elizabeth Stakes success at Royal Randwick.

Attracting a huge amount of backing despite prohibitive odds of 50/3 on, a 37th career win from 43 starts for the seven-year-old bay mare never looked in doubt and she stormed across the line a length-and-a-half clear of Kluger.

Jockey Hugh Bowman said there were mixed emotions immediately after the race. Some 27 of her 36 career tallies have come at the metropolitan tracks, including 19 at Royal Randwick, which will be bursting at the seams Saturday afternoon when the Queen Elizabeth field is loaded just after 4 p.m. local time.

"It's an incredible crowd here".

"She's captured the hearts of a lot of people around the globe".

So confident was one punter that he bet Aus$550,000 (US$394,000) to get a Aus$33,000 return on the win.

Trainer Chris Waller sat surrounded by an ever expanding entourage and thanked everyone around the world for getting behind the mighty mare. For whatever reason, she keeps running as fast as she has been for four years.

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Winx, who has banked more than Aus$26 million in prize money, will now head to the breeding barn in what could be another hugely lucrative career. So sought-after is her bloodline that a niece sold for Aus$750,000 this year.

The Melbourne Cup may be the race that stops the nation, but on a sunny Saturday afternoon it was Winx who drew every eyeball in Australia.

Winx kicked off her 2019 Sydney Autumn Carnival campaign with a win in the Group 2 $250,000 The Star Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on February 16 followed by a win in the Group 1 $600,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick again two weeks later. I mean, she just showed you what she is capable of doing.

The Sydney Morning Herald called her "perfection on four legs".

Winx, above, is spot on for her final race in the 2019 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.

"To get that fairytale result, it was like your wedding day", Waller said in an interview on Sunrise on Channel 7.

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