Australian supermare Winx cruised to an 11th straigth victory Sept. 17, rallying from near the back of the field in the George Main Stakes (Aus-I) and scoring by 1 1/4 lengths at Royal Randwick.
The 5-year-old mare's string of triumphs matches that of legendary Australian galloper Kingstown Town, set in the early 1980s.
"The dream continues," trainer Chris Waller told www.abc.net.au about Winx, a daughter of Street Cry, who earned a seventh group I win win to equal that of three-time Australian Horse of the Year Makybe Diva and a 15 overall win from 21 career starts. She boosted her lifetime bankroll past the $7 million mark and became only the fourth Australian-based mare to do so, joining Makybe Diva, Sunline, and Black Caviar.
The short-price favorite in the field of five, Winx was a bit slow to start and raced in fourth before effortlessly gliding three wide nearing the home turn. She moved into contention around the turn and edged past runner-up Hauraki at the 200-meter mark. Kentucky-bred group II winner It's Somewhat (Dynaformer—Sometime) was third, about three lengths behind his stablemate Hauraki.
Under Hugh Bowman, Winx covered 1,600 meters (about one mile) in 1:36.18 on turf rated as good. She will next take aim at the Caulfield Stakes (Aus-I) Oct. 8 before attempting a repeat win in the W. S. Cox Plate (Aus-I), Australia's premier weight-for-age race, Oct. 22.
Winx ignited her victory skein when taking the Sunshine Coast Guineas (Aus-III) in May 2015, and later that year scored a dominant Cox Plate win from Criterion and U.S. grade I winner Highland Reel while lowering the course record at Moonee Valley.
Waller trains Winx for a partnership that includes Magic Bloodstock Racing, which bought her from Coolmore Stud, agent, for $230,000 ($241,569) at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale. Her dam is New Zealand multiple stakes winner Vegas Showgirl, a daughter of Al Akbar.