'Captured hearts': Winx bows out with final win before retirement

Hugh Bowman was given a parting gift by Winx   Image Getty

Seven-year-old mare Winx won her third consecutive Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on Saturday to finish her illustrious career with a 33rd straight win, a record 25th Group One victory and almost $19 million in prize money.

The hard-knocking Happy Clapper has run into Winx no fewer than 10 times in his 40-race career, having finished third to her in last year's Queen Elizabeth a week after taking out the Doncaster.

While not every one of her races over the four years went to plan, Winx always managed to get herself out of difficulties with her determination to win.

"It brings the world together as one", trainer Chris Waller said after the win.

"It has been very surreal for me all day with the amount of people here, it is just unbelievable". My team do an fantastic job.

"Everyone watching around the world".

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

"America, Europe. Africa. All over Australia".

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"This horse has captured the hearts of a lot of people around the globe".

Her final run gave Waller his 100th Group 1 victor.

"I don't think anyone is more deserving than Chris of getting his 100th Group 1 victor with the best horse that has ever gone around in the world, " he said.

Waller has put Winx's imminent retirement to the back of his mind and has been concentrating on preparing his stable super star for her grand final appearance in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Mr Morrison celebrates with Winx fans after the race. "It was just great to see so many people get behind her". It's great for our sport.

Winx had had another Group One win in the George Ryder Stakes at Sydney's Rosehill on March 23 and overall had 37 wins from 43 starts. 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.

"I can't describe her in words".

Sent out a prohibitive favourite at $1.06, Winx had 1-1/2 lengths in hand over Kluger ($51) with Hartnell ($26) another 2-1/2 lengths away in the minor placing.

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