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Year Awarded: 2019
Category: Honouring the Record-Breaking Achievements of Team Winx
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Team Winx - Honouring the Record-Breaking Achievements of Team Winx

An historic 33 consecutive wins, including a world record 25 group 1 races, a magnificent four Cox Plates, the Epsom/Doncaster double and three Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Simply the best and captured the hearts of the Nation. Presented to Trainer Chris Waller, Jockey Hugh Bowman, Owners: Magic Bloodstock Racing (Peter & Patricia Tighe) Managing Owners, Debbie Kepitis, Richard Treweeke.

Through the eyes of Bruce McAvaney. “She strode onto the stage – through the tunnel, onto the track, under the gaze of a pulsating crowd of blue and white. In the theatre of the horse, the Prime Minister strained for a glimpse of her, thousands peered through the fence to see her into the starting stalls. Some had travelled thousands of miles from interstate and overseas to see Winx in the flesh – just once. Others had never missed a performance.

And her record defied belief: four Cox Plates, 25 Group Ones, $26 million in prize money after 33 consecutive wins.

Through the generosity of her owners, the trainer and jockey and stable staff, we were welcomed into the Winx family. We shared the anticipation, the performance and, with them, were elevated by her achievement. It’s a story that goes beyond sport, embraced by young and old; one that will be told for generations to come.”

 

Sketch by Brian Clinton

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