Winx Continues Remarkable Racing Run with 24th Consecutive Win
The world’s best mare Winx set a world record Saturday with a 17th Group 1 flat win. Winx won by three-quarters of a length to win the $1 million George Ryder Stakes for the third straight year at Rosehill in Sydney. Winx’s 17th Group 1 win moved her past the previous record of 16 set by American horse John Henry in 1984. The victory was also a remarkable 24th straight win for Winx.
“The intensity is just unexplainable,” trainer Chris Waller said. “I don’t know why, or if it is just me? You enjoy the after part of the race, crossing the line. You have that sense of responsibility not to go crazy and make sure you are fully respecting your competition and where she is at in her career.”
The freakish 6-year-old Winx will run next in the $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on April 14 during ‘The Championships’. A victory there in her title defense and Winx will equal Black Caviar’s record of 25 consecutive wins.
European race fans will likely see Winx at Royal Ascot in June for the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes (1600m), or possibly the Diamond Jubilee.
But American fans hoping to see Winx in person are likely out of luck. If trainer Chris Waller decides to come to the U.S., a trip to Saratoga Race Course is the most likely stop. Winx’s part-owner Peter Tighe enjoyed a visit to Saratoga in 2017 and the New York Racing Association could make a pitch to have her fly in for an appearance.
The Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs in November is impractical for Winx. Australia’s major racing carnival runs from September to November, where Winx has won 10 races during her winning run the past three years. To race in the Breeders’ Cup, she would have to give up racing in Australia during that time to head into quarantine.
Australian quarantine laws also require at least one month out of the horse population upon return, which would affect the chances of an autumn campaign in February through April.
For now, Winx will continue to run and set records, and fans in Sydney are looking forward to her next record at Randwick.