Winx Quick Facts
How old is Winx and where was she born
Winx ended her racing career as a seven-year-old. She was foaled on the 14th September 2011 at Coolmore Stud, Jerry’s Plains in the Hunter Region of New South Wales.
Who bred Winx
Winx was bred by Fairway Thoroughbreds and then sold as a yearling.
Who is the sire of Winx
The sire of Winx is Irish bred stallion Street Cry (IRE) . Street Cry was a Thoroughbred racehorse, winner of the 2002 Dubai World Cup, the 2002 Stephen Foster Handicap and runner up in the 2002 Whitney Handicap. Street Cry was born on 11th March 1998 and died at the age of 16 on the 17th September 2014. Street Cry was by stallion Machiavellian. His dam sire was the outstanding racehorse Troy. Street Cry also sired the brilliant US mare Zenyatta winner of 19 of her 20 race starts.
Who is the mother of Winx
The mother of Winx was Vegas Showgirl (NZ) who was sired by Al Akbar. She won seven races from 35 race starts and was trained by Graeme Rogerson in New Zealand.
Who rode Winx
Winx had six riders during her 43 start career with Hugh Bowman now recognised as her “regular” jockey having ridden Winx 33 times for 32 wins. Jason Collett, Tommy Berry, James McDonald and Larry Cassidy each won on her. The only rider not to have won on her was world champion Joao Moreira who was placed at his only ride on Winx.
Who trains Winx
Winx is trained by leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller.
Who rides Winx
Winx has had six riders during her 42 start career with Hugh Bowman now recognised as her “regular” jockey having ridden Winx 32 times for 31 wins. Jason Collett, Tommy Berry, James McDonald and Larry Cassidy have each won on her. The only rider not to have won on her is world champion Joao Moreira who was placed at his only ride on Winx.
What was the career record for Winx
Winx raced 43 times for 37 wins and 3 second placings. She finished out of the placings on just three occasions.
How much prizemoney did Winx win
Winx earned a record $26,451,175 in prizemoney including BOBS bonuses.
What distances did Winx win over
Winx won over 1100m, 1200m, 1300m, 1400m (7 times), 1500m (5), 1600m (11), 2000m (6), 2040m (4) and 2200m
What major races did Winx win
Winx won a World record 25 Group One Flat races, 9 Group Two races and 1 Group Three races. Winx was only the third mare in history to win two or more W S Cox Plates – Sunline and Tranquil Star the others. However Sunline (1999/2000) and Winx are the only two to win the Cox Plate back to back. Winx of course has four now. Tranquil Star won on the race in 1942 and 1944. Amongst her victories, Winx has also won races like the Queen Elizabeth Stakes x3, Turnbull Stakes x2, Epsom Handicap, Doncaster Mile, Chipping Norton Stakes x4, George Ryder Stakes x4 and George Main Stakes x3.
How many times did Winx start favourite
Winx started favourite 37 times and won 35 times.
Is Winx the all-time highest prizemoney earner in Australia
Winx is now the all-time prizemoney earner in Australian thoroughbred racing history ($26,451,175) passing triple Melbourne Cup winning mare Makybe Diva who had won $14,527,110. In fact she is now the greatest in racing history worldwide.
Has Winx been the Australian Horse of the Year
Winx was Australian Horse of the Year (2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18) and will win it again when announced for 2018-19.
What horses did Winx beat
Winx raced 370 horses and beat 353 of them home. Just 17 horses finished in front of her in races. Interestingly no male horse ever beat her home.
Did Winx like wet tracks
Winx won on wet racing surfaces. Wins won 5 of her 7 runs on soft going and 4 from 4 on heavy ground.
What racetrack records did Winx equal or broken
Winx broke her own race record time winning the 2017 Cox Plate stopping the clock at 2:02.94
What was Winx’s unbeaten winning streak
Winx ended her career with 33 wins in succession and passed the likes of the immortal Phar Lap, Gloaming, Ajax and recently the legend Black Caviar.
How much did Winx cost
Winx was sold at the 2013 Magic Millions yearling sale on the Gold Coast for $230,000
What are Winx’s racing colours
Dark Blue, White M, Epaulettes And Pom Pom
Did Winx race overseas?
No - it was being considered, mainly in 2018, but chasing the Cox Plate record kept her at home.
Winx in barrier trials
Winx won her first ever barrier trial leading up to her 2017 Spring preparation. She had 23 official barrier trials.
How did Winx rate on the global thoroughbred racing stage
Winx earned a Timeform rating of 133 winning the 2016 Cox Plate. That rating made her the highest rated mare on turf in the world and one of the best in the world in total. She has run to 134 twice since in the 2017 George Ryder and the 2018 Queen Elizabeth.
How does Winx compare to Sunline
Sunline was a champion New Zealand mare who raced and dominated in top company for several years. Sunline raced in four Cox Plate winning twice and finishing top 4 in the other two races.