Winx becomes the greatest Group I horse of all

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Mighty mare Winx has stormed home to claim her 31st consecutive race win

Image Steve Hart Mighty mare Winx has stormed home to claim her 31st consecutive race win

It was Winx's 23rd Group One triumph and 31st consecutive win, although she was forced to work hard to overhaul chief rival Happy Clapper, who had set the early pace.

The victory also saw Winx emulate Tie The Knot's four consecutive Chipping Norton Stakes wins which spanned from 1999 to 2002.

Waller described Winx's fourth win in the weight-for-age contest as "certainly no easy feat" but said a truly run race played in her favour.

"I've been around racing for more than 50 years, riding and training, I've watched thousands of races and I can tell when a jockey is kidding to them", Webster said.

'I know she has got another gear. another jockey might have panicked, but I knew when I balanced her up she would find the extra gear and she did it with relative ease in the end'.

"It's another race record here this afternoon", Bowman said.

"Blake, I knew Blake would try to pull a rabbit out of a hat".

With the win, Winx passed Hurricane Fly, the Irish Willie Mullins-trained horse who had won 22 Group 1 wins.

"She's always a bit edgy at the start of a prep and having to stand there for a while will do her the world of good", Waller said.

Asked about winning a 23rd Group One race, he replied: "She's a superstar, very, very special".

"It was a good test for her and it will bring her on nicely for her next couple of runs".

Happy Clapper jockey Blake Shinn could do little but applaud.

"What can I say about my horse?" he said. I didn't expect him to do it that way.

The $5 million All-Star Mile is next on the agenda for Happy Clapper but Webster is hopeful his gallant effort in the Chipping Norton won't leave him battered and bruised.

"She's just a freak and she had to put up a freakish performance to beat Happy Clapper". We got a glimpse of it with Black Caviar, of course, your Makybe Diva's and now Winx following on from that.

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