Winx Has Won Her Final Race At Randwick

Hugh Bowman riding Winx celebrates as he returns to scale after winning the Queen Elizabeth Stakes

GETTY IMAGESHugh Bowman riding Winx celebrates as he returns to scale after winning the Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Legendary Australian sports broadcaster Bruce McAvaney said ahead of the race that her farewell sat comfortably alongside any of the great Australian sporting moments he had called or witnessed in his long career.

And she showed her appreciation for Bowman by head-butting him and splitting his lip as he got off for the last time after she beat Japanese visitor Kluger and old adversaries Hartnell and Happy Clapper.

"I wouldn't say life moves on after Winx.but there's a special bond between the owners, the trainer, the jockey all our key staff and our families that'll never be replaced".

"It's just an incredible experience", said Chris Waller, his voice breaking from the emotion as he celebrated what was his 100th Group One win as a trainer. "It has been very real for me all day, with the amount of people here, it is just awesome", he told the Seven Network.

Waller's dedication to his job means he is Sydney's premier trainer and Australia's leading Group One trainer in addition to being Winx's trainer.

"This horse has captured the hearts of a lot of people around the globe".

For whatever reason, she keeps running as fast as she has been for four years.

"I don't think anyone is more deserving than Chris of getting his 100th Group 1 victor with the best horse that has ever gone around in the world, " he said.

She's had a race named after her, a stamp honouring her, was only the third horse inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame while still running, is rated the best racehorse in the world and even Randwick was renamed Randwinx on Saturday.

"And for that, I'm very grateful", Kepitis added. Well, I just do what I do. I've had to run against her to get to the races I wanted to.

"The public realize the unbelievable history they have witnessed today".

"What can you say?" It is what racing brings to so many ages of people. "It is the best sport in the world".

But what of Winx, the wonder mare who goes into retirement after 33 consecutive wins.

"Because there's no race where they race together, it's hard to quantify it".

One faithful fan so desperate not to miss the action pulled his vehicle over to the side of the road to watch the race unfold.

"The fantastic horse Winx has continued to deliver".

Bowman and the champion mare bowed out in fitting style and social media were left in awe after watching the storied career come to a close.

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