Winx has continued her phenomenal run, notching her 17th-straight win, in the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.

No Doubt, Hartnell, Happy Clapper and The United States went to the front early, but the back straight belonged to Winx as she won by five lengths.

Hugh Bowman rode her over the line first for the 15th time since the streak started in May of 2015, ahead of rival Hartnell and Sense Of Occasion.

Bowman said he had full confidence in the mare knowing her winning run was on the line.

"It's really special," he said.

"I'm really lost for words, she's just put it all out there. And the amount of expectation on her, I know she's ready and everything has gone to plan so far.

 

"I'm just there. I've got to savour the moment. I'm so proud of her."

 

Trainer Chris Waller admitted the responsibility of caring for the world's best mare was one he did not want to give to anyone else, but it had taken a toll.

"It is a big relief," said Waller, who sat watching in relative seclusion as the crowd of 26,801 cheered Winx home.

"I'm a racing fan and I am as much a fan of Winx as anybody. I've been pretty nervous for about a year now and I was nervous today.

"I know we've all done what we can do to have her fit and well, but you can't actually ask her how she's feeling. And one day she will get beaten."

 

Waller praises 'very special' Bowman

The Randwick meeting signalled the second anniversary of the last time Winx was beaten when she ran second to Gust Of Wind in the Australian Oaks.

As Waller downplayed his role in the Winx story, he said Bowman was a big player.

"He's definitely part of Winx," he said.

"I think the story should be about Winx, but Hugh and what he has done is very special."

Winx pocketed another $2 million in prize money to take her total career earnings to $12 million.

She is now second only to three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva on the Australasian earnings list, with the promise of more to come.

"She will go for a break now and we will map out her campaign towards a third Cox Plate," Waller said.

"It will be similar to last year and we will look at other options after the spring."

Those options could include racing overseas with Royal Ascot organisers keen to get her to England next year.

But for the time being, Waller will breathe a sigh of relief with his wife Stephanie predicting he might kick his heels up on Saturday night.

"He might have two beers to celebrate instead of one," she said.

 

 

 

 

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