Cruising home to beat her rivals, headed by multiple Group One winner Prized Icon, Winx become the most winning galloper in Australia at the elite level.
No horse in the history of Australian group and listed racing had won more than 15 Group One races – but today the champion daughter of Street Cry notched her 16th.
The 23rd consecutive race success was one of her easiest as she hummed to the line seven lengths clear in a spine tingling performance.
Connections of Winx were again looking for the right superlatives to describe the performance – the first time she’d tackled a mile when first up from a spell.
“It’s always a concern to see how horses come back. To see her come back like this is pretty special. She’s getting the imagination of Australia. It’s a great way to portray our sport,” an emotional Chris Waller said.
“Her attitude is fantastic. She is better now than a four-year-old. She knows her job and she enjoys her job. She enjoys going home to be just another horse,” he added.
If everything goes to plan Winx will start next in the Group One George Ryder Stakes in three weeks time before connections will no doubt be asked the inevitable questions about a possible overseas campaign.
Winx was sold through the draft of Coolmore Stud at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale on behalf of breeders, the Camilleri family’s Fairway Thoroughbreds.
She was selected for connections by leading bloodstock agent Guy Mulcaster and knocked down to Peter Tighe’s Magic Bloodstock for $230,000.
Tighe shared the ownership in Winx with friends Richard Treweeke and Debbie Kepitis and the three have since enjoyed the ride of their lives.
With 27 wins from 33 starts including victories in her most recent 23 outings, Winx has earned a staggering $15,976,930 – another Southern Hemisphere record.
Winx wasn’t the only Magic Millions graduate to shine on a massive day’s racing around the country.
Crack Me Up, Flippant, Nomothaj, Glendara, Secret Agenda and Krone were all victorious for their respective connections.
Now in the Bjorn Baker stables in Sydney, Crack Me Up (Mossman) added another feature win to his impressive resume when he beat home fellow MM buy Care to Think to win the Group Three Liverpool City Cup at Randwick.
A $60,000 Gold Coast Yearling Sale buy for Liam Birchley from Glastonbury Farms, Crack Me Up has now earned his connections over $603,000 with six wins and five runner-up efforts from just 22 starts.
Quality mare Flippant bounced back to her brilliant best in the Group Three Frances Tressady Stakes at Flemington with a solid on speed win.
The five-year-old daughter of Hinchinbrook, a $220,000 Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase for McKeever Bloodstock from Bell River Thoroughbreds, is a multiple winner of black type and has now clocked up over $650,000 in earnings.
Proven Group One winning mare Secret Agenda enhanced her impressive first up record when she sprinted to victory in the listed Bob Hoysted Handicap at Flemington.
The $120,000 Gold Coast Yearling Sale buy from Arrowfield Stud is raced by a large group of clients of syndication company Blueblood Thoroughbreds.
A winner of the Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphettville last year, the daughter of Not a Single Doubt will most likely head back to South Australia for their Group One sprinting double of the Sangster and The Goodwood.
The strong form out of January’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic continued at Flemington when quality youngster Nomothaj won the listed juvenile event on the card.
The Snitzel filly edged out Dundeel youngster Irukandji in an all Magic Millions finish. The win was the second in three starts for Nomothaj – both her wins coming at stakes level.
Nomothaj, a member of the all conquering Lindsay Park stable of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, was purchased by Shadwell Australasia for $420,000 from the Newgate Farm draft at the 2017 Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Across in Adelaide the feature race for juveniles, the listed Cinderella Stakes, produced a milestone result with Krone winning for the Darren Weir stable at Morphettville.
The filly is a daughter of Stan Fox Stakes winner Eurozone and is that sire’s first stakes winner. She also provided rising star SA apprentice Justin Huxtable with his first black type winner from a few rides in stakes company.
Krone was purchased by Roll the Dice Racing for $120,000 from Rosemont Stud at October’s Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale. The filly ran the fastest sectional breeze at last year’s Seymour breeze ups in Victoria. Krone was a successful pin hook from the Widden Stud draft for $60,000 at last year’s Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
A full sister to Krone is being prepared by Victoria’s Krisnat Park for the upcoming Adelaide Yearling Sale at Morphettville.
Meanwhile, the Gold Coast March Yearling Sale received a boost when Magic Millions graduate Glendara scored a dashing win in the Member’s Cup at listed level at Doomben.
The Barry Baldwin trained gelding is a full brother to Lot 254 at this month’s Gold Coast sale for Wyalla Thoroughbreds.
Glendara is a seven time winner and very consistent Brisbane based galloper who has earnings of almost $300,000.
STOP PRESS: Private Dancer made it eight stakes wins on the day for Magic Millions graduates when that quality filly won the Challenge Stakes at Ascot in Perth.
Prepared by Trevor Andrews and with Chris Parnham in the stable, Private Dancer (Oratorio) cruised home to win by three quarters of a length.
Private Dancer was purchased by Andrews for $100,000 at the 2016 Perth Yearling Sale from the Mungrup Stud draft.
Breeding: Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl (Al Akbar)
Race: ATC Chipping Norton Stakes G1 (1600m)
Sold for: $230,000
Sale: 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale
Vendor: Coolmore Stud (As Agent)
Buyer: Magic Bloodstock
Owner(s): Magic Bloodstock Racing (Mgr: PG Tighe), RG Treweeke & Mrs DN Kepitis
Trainer: Chris Waller (Rosehill)