Winx’s 17th straight win was summed up by ten words from Chris Waller.
“People will remember her for the rest of their lives.”
It was a quote reminiscent of Lee Freedman’s words after Makybe Diva won her third straight Melbourne Cup.
‘Go and find the youngest child on this course, because they will be an example of the only person to live long enough, to see that happen again.’
It’s a quote you can’t help but think of, when remembering that third cup win.
And in time, so might Waller’s words hold strong, when thinking of Winx’s $4 million Queen Elizabeth win.
A win that yet again needed to be seen to be believed.
“I’m a racing fanatic… It’s indescribable,” an emotional Waller said post-win.
“It was Hugh Bowman at his very best. The story should all be about Winx, but the way he handles it is very special.”
For the seventh straight time Winx ($1.10) proved too good for Hartnell ($17), beating the Godolphin runner by five-and-a-quarter lengths, while Sense of Occasion ($151) was a long neck away in third.
Damien Oliver on The United States protested against Hartnell citing interference, but stewards dismissed his objection.
In a slowly run QE, Winx ($1.10) clocked 2.07.22, a full six seconds behind Intergaze’s 1997 time of 2.01.22.
Jockey Hugh Bowman admitting he did have some nervous moments.
“There’s wasn’t as much pressure as some of the other races, it was a pretty slowly run affair, it developed into a bit of a sprint home,” he said.
“I must admit at the 600m I wasn’t as confident as I have been in the past, but I wouldn’t say I lacked confidence either.
“She’s just a supreme athlete, to be a part of her journey, it’s very special for me.”
The win, very special for the cap wearing, flag waving 26,801 race-fans as well.
All of them, who, like Waller said, will remember Winx for the rest of their lives.
“She makes everything look perfect, she makes me look like a genius, and Hughy does a great job, but it’s all about Winx,” Waller said.
“She’s a champion.” – G1X.com