Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
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Winx wins 33rd consecutive race at Randwick

Winx wins 33rd consecutive race at Randwick

"Whether she won or not won, she still would've been the great horse that touched our lives and changed our lives", Waller said of the horse whose win also brought up his 100th Group One victory.

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 over, there's mixed emotions and I'm so proud to be part of it", said Bowman.

She leaves racing rated one of the greatest horses of the turf and 40,000 fans packed Randwick to see her for the last time.

"It has been very surreal for me all day with the amount of people here, it is just wonderful". America, Europe, Africa, all over Australia.

In the Queen Elizabeth, Bowman settled Winx off the rail and in sixth position as Mark of Time showed the way early. "She has captured the hearts of people all around the world".

"I dare say if she had something else to catch, she had more to give".

Winx joined in as the widest runner and as she so often does, ambled to the front at the 200m.

Dubbed the "Usain Bolt of horse racing" by some, Winx has earned its owners more than $16 million in recent years as well winning global recognition through awards such as the 2018 Longines Horse of the Year alongside Cracksman.

"We didn't expect her to be coming this far and her winning sequence, so I've been prepared for the last 12 months for her to be retired", said Waller ahead of the race, who prefers to sit alone and watch when Winx is racing.

Adding to the moment, Winx became the 100th Group One victor for Waller.

It was all about Winx at Randwick.

Winx, unlike so many human athletes, has been able to end the journey on her terms. Her 37 career victories match the record of another Australian racing legend, Phar Lap, who raced from 1929-'32.

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