Winx is box office gold and if she keeps putting a show like she did in Saturday’s Warwick Stakes, punters should turn out in record numbers at Randwick in the next month.
The Australian Turf Club took a crowd figure at 3pm on Saturday but by 3.40pm when Winx jumped into action it went up by more than 700 as people arrived late to see the star attraction.
“The crowd was up more than 25 per cent but we were pleasantly surprised by the amount of people that came in late,” ATC media manager Brett Devine said. “We put a lot of work into the day and I think a horse like her attracts people to track to see her in person.”
The theatre of the horse was full as Winx and the Warwick Stakes field paraded, with many capturing pictures of the now imposing mare.
Winx didn’t disappoint on the track, winning as expected, but it was the manner of her performance – sitting outside the leader Rebel Dane and dominating that was awesome. The margin was big and could have been bigger.
Chris Waller wants Winx to stay in Sydney until October, so there will be a couple more opportunities to see her. She will be back at Randwick for the Chelmsford Stakes on September 3 and for the George Main Stakes on September 17.
Winx’s mum Vegas Showgirl completed a big day for the family when she gave birth to a Snitzel filly, a sister to El Divino, on Saturday night. – Chris Roots, The Daily Telegraph