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Winx wins final race at Royal Randwick

15 April 2019

Champion mare Winx has finished off her career in the best way possible with an incredible 33rd consecutive win at Randwick.

The 7-year-old mare, which also holds a world record for winning 25 Group One races, retires on Saturday as one of the greatest-ever race horses.

Winx was ridden by Hugh Bowman and trained by Chris Waller.

"Just an wonderful horse to be a part of".

"Everyone watching around the world".

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

Tighe says Kepitis is the most knowledgeable of the trio when it comes to breeding but they will also take advice from others.

On the sidelines to watch Winx win was Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who described the atmosphere as "spirited".

Despite starting the race cautiously, she started moving through the field as the finish approached.

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Mr Morrison ran and high-fived the crowd following the victory, stopping to talk to a young boy dressed in replica Winx silks.

"The little boy up there Lucas, oh man, there were tears running down his face", he said.

"It went pretty quick once the race was over and that was something that we'll remember forever".

Winx joined in as the widest runner and as she so often does, ambled to the front with 200 metres to go.

All told, Winx won 37 races. I mean, she just showed you what she is capable of doing.

"It's great for our sport, it's great for 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. Nine of her victories have come over the 2000 meters, including an unprecedented four consecutive scores in Australia's springtime weight-for-age championship, the G1 W S Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in Melbourne.

Japanese-bred Kluger, a G2 victor in Japan for Carrot Farm who had not won a race since 2016, finished second, beaten 1 1/2 lengths, with Godolphin's veteran G1-winning Hartnell a distant third in the field of nine older runners going 2,000 meters (1 1/4 miles) on good turf in front of a packed house of 43,833 at Randwick racecourse.

Winx wins final race at Royal Randwick