The world champion mare broke the race record and sent her earnings soaring past $23 million with her soft two and a quarter length victory.
And in a scary thought for possible rivals over the remainder of her autumn campaign, connections predicted more improvement from the rising eight-year-old.
After Winx's win in The Apollo Stakes yesterday @HugeBowman has jumped on a plane to Hong Kong to ride Pingwu Spark in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup! ✈️ 🇭🇰 Make sure you tune in to watch him on @racing! pic.twitter.com/uCpkipv9PA— Racing.com (@Racing) February 17, 2019
The win was the third in the Group Two Apollo Stakes for Winx and extended her incredible unbeaten streak well past 1400 days.
“I’m a bit speechless,” an emotional Waller said. “We just hoped for a trouble free run.”
“She showed how good she is and that’s what everyone wanted to see. I’m just very proud. I can’t say much else without getting too emotional.”
“Today’s race was almost the most important of her career,” Waller added. “She missed this race last year and went into the Chipping Norton first up. Look out in two weeks time.”
Part owner Peter Tighe, who signed for Winx as a yearling when purchased under his Magic Bloodstock banner on the Gold Coast, was also almost lost for words.
“I’m numb today,” Tighe said. “It was the pressure of the comeback and whether we’d made the right decision.”
“Why do we ever worry she never lets us down.”
“The crowd was roaring,” Tighe added. “It’s such a great feeling.”
Rated the (equal) best racehorse in the world in 2018, Winx will now head to the Group One Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) before a likely start in the Group One George Ryder Stakes (1500m) before her grand final in the Group One Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).
If Winx was to continue her winning run through to a possible Queen Elizabeth swansong she would break the record for the highest earnings racehorse ever in world racing.
She is already the world record holder of consecutive Group One wins, consecutive group wins and shares the record with a jumper for career wins at the elite level.
A daughter of Street Cry and from the stakes winning Al Akbar mare Vegas Showgirl, Winx was bred by the Camilleri family’s Fairway Thoroughbreds and was sold at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale by Coolmore Stud, as agent.
The $230,000 bid by Tighe on behalf of co-owners Richard Treweeke and Debbie Kepitis is now the most famous in Australian thoroughbred history. Her earnings sit at an incredible $23,080,674.
The upcoming 2019 Adelaide Yearling Sale received a timely boost at Flemington this afternoon when two graduates of the 2017 auction won group races.
All Star Mile contender Amphitrite made the best possible debut for the Lindsay Park stable of trainers David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig when she cruised home in the Group Three The Vanity.
The $50,000 Adelaide Yearling Sale buy for Flying Start Syndications sat just off the speed and came with a strong burst in the straight to win easily.
Amphitrite shot to fame during the spring carnival when she won four straight races headlined by a life changing success in the Group One Thousand Guineas.
The win was celebrated by the team from Goldin Farms in South Australia’s Barossa Valley. Goldin Farms bred Amphitrite and will offer her half brother by resident sire Akeed Mofeed at the 2019 Adelaide Yearling Sale in March.
The Adelaide Sale double was completed when rising Tasmanian star The Inevitable scored an impressive win in the Group Three CS Hayes Stakes.
A son of Arrowfield Stud sire Dundeel, The Inevitable was ridden to success by Siggy Carr for leading Tasmanian trainer Scott Brunton.
“Dad purchased him for $90,000 at the Adelaide Yearling Sale – he’s looking cheap now,” Brunton said of the Cornerstone Stud Farm graduate. Cornerstone sold The Inevitable on behalf of breeder Tori Park Stud, the property of Alistair and Pat McFarlane.
Meanwhile, Eckstein and Rebel King notched stakes wins on a big day for graduates of Australia’s leading thoroughbred auctioneer Magic Millions.
The Kurt Goldman trained Eckstein stormed home to win the Group Three Southern Cross Stakes in a 1-2 result for runners sold on the Gold Coast. She was a $165,000 buy from Vinery Stud.
In the west Rebel King added another feature to impressive race record when he scored a dashing win in the listed Cyril Flower Stakes for trainer Darren McAuliffe and jockey Mitchell Pateman. Rebel King was a $40,000 Perth Yearling Sale buy for Impressive Racing from Scenic Lodge.
The 2019 Perth Yearling Sale at the brand new Magic Millions Swan Valley Sales Complex commences at 2pm (AWST) on Monday.
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