There seemed more reason to think that the remarkable winning sequence of multiple Gr1 winner Winks (Street Cry) might come to an end at a saturated Rosehill Gardens on Saturday offering the heaviest racing conditions witnessed in Sydney for a very long day.
But if anything, the $1m, Gr1 ATC China Horse Club George Ryder (1500m) will be remembered for one of the champion racemare’s greatest ever performances.
Shooting for her 16th straight victory and second consecutive success in one of the outstanding events on the domestic racing calendar, the amazing Winx treated the Australian racing public to a galloping exhibition, careering away from her opposition to score by no less than seven and a quarter lengths.
In truth, not one of her rivals ever seemed to be traveling well enough at any stage of the race to provide the remarkable racemare with some resistance, and the event as a contest was as good as over by the top of the home straight.
Seemingly in complete control with her biggest rivals making heavy weather of the conditions, Winx travelled sweetly throughout and went on to score without her opponents landing a single blow.
Even trainer Chris Waller appeared surprised at the authority of her victory, admitting immediately afterwards.
“I didn’t expect her to win like that. She is just an amazing horse. It is amazing to have a horse that you’re associated with who is so well received,” he said.
Regular pilot Hugh Bowman was equally in awe of Winx after the win.
“It is just so special. I am really lost for words as she receives a round of applause here,” he said.
Winx, by Street Cry out of the Al Akar mare Vegas Showgirl, took her career earnings past the $10 million barrier after 26 mostly unforgettable starts for her owners Peter Tighe, Richard Treweeke and Debbie Kepitis.
Grade A - Guinness H'cap Chase
G1 - Irish Daily Mirror War Of Attrition Novice Hdle
G1 - Bibby Financial Punchestown Gold Cup
G3 - Liss A Paoraigh Mares Bumper
G1 - Attheraces Champion Bumper