WINX AND HUGH BOWMAN
Champion mare Winx has notched up her 20th Group One win with a dazzling display in the George Main Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
The world’s highest-rated horse exploded away over the final 100m to put a gap of four lengths on Le Romain on the line.
Sent out at prohibitive odds of $1.10, Bowman settled Winx at the tail of the field before making a move at the 600m.
While the end result was comfortable, the superstar mare had some work to do early in the straight.
Bowman had to give the superstar mare a couple of digs, but she responded as she always does, racing clear of her rivals over the concluding stages.
Speaking post-race, Bowman said Winx had brought her best to Randwick. “A month between runs and it was run at a strong pace, so I thought we saw the best of her today,” Bowman said.
“At the corner I had to ask her to get into gear, but she just knows this track better than I do. She knew when it was time to go and when she balanced up, it was a pretty good feeling I must admit.”
Saturday’s win makes it 27 consecutive victories for the daughter of Street Cry, who has amassed over $19.5 million in prize money.
Winx is now two from two this preparation, as she builds towards a tilt at a fourth consecutive Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 27.
David Hocking – www.punters.com.au