Winx wins final race at Royal Randwick

Winx wins final race at Royal Randwick

Australian wonder mare Winx signed off her brilliant career in the best possible fashion when dazzling the crowd in the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.

Winx, ridden by long-term jockey Hugh Bowman, has now won a record 25 Group 1 victories - the highest class of thoroughbred racing.

Bowman said during the week she's "bigger and stronger and more enthusiastic than she's ever been", while Waller has been waiting for the past 18 months for the mare to show signs of wanting to stop racing.

"I don't know what to say".

"It's over", Waller said afterwards.

At seven years of age most horses have already retired, but meticulously managed throughout her career by trainer Chris Waller Winx kept going.

The roar went up as Bowman set sail at the top of the straight and the mare strolled to the line 1-1/2 lengths in front of Kluger.

Debbie Kepitis, a part-owner of Winx, said: "She is the most awesome, supreme athlete I've ever seen handled by the best coach".

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

"Everyone watching around the world ..."

"America, Europe. Africa. All over Australia". "(Winx) has captured the hearts of people all around the world".

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"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.

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

"The unbelievable horse Winx has continued to deliver". My team do an unbelievable job.

"It is rare they get the accolades".

"I am pretty good".

Winx, who has banked more than Aus$26 million in prize money, will now head to the breeding barn in what could be another hugely lucrative career. No different than I was previous year before the Queen Elizabeth.

"There's been so many great horses and if she's even spoken about in the same sentence as Phar Lap and your other great horses, even in recent years Black Caviar, she was undefeated, and your Kingston Towns, everybody's got their favourites".

"It's always been a "necessary" and a "have to", rather than a "want to", Happy Clapper's somewhat exasperated trainer Pat Webster told RacingNSW.com.au.

"I'm just so blessed that I was here to see it all", he said.

Waller dismisses talk that because she did not travel overseas, she is not the world's best.

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