Watching Dunedoo’s Hugh Bowman push Winx along at the 300 metre mark in the $500,000 Group One Colgate Optic White Stakes (1600m), there was no way she was going to win by four lengths. But she did.
The wonder mare collected her 27th straight and won her 20th Group One.
Winx hasn’t lost in three and a half years, and Bowman believes she Winx goes into auto pilot now she has been so dominant for so long.
“I used to control her through the gears, through the race, to help her know when and where to give her full energy but she knows now. I suppose I have got to learn with her … I am learning with her, but it’s the first time I have niggled her around the corner in a 1600m race,” he said.
“Le Romain ran a hell of a race and at the corner, I didn’t feel in danger, but I didn’t feel like she was going to be as dominant as she usually is but when that turbo kicked into gear at the 250m it was all over.
While her adoring fans clapped her back to scale, there was a new one waiting, Bowman's four-year-old daughter Bambi on her first visit to the races with her mother Christine and Bowman's parents.
"Without my family here to enjoy the experience it wouldn't mean as much," the proud Dunedoo product said.
"She's brought so much joy to not only those connected with her but far and wide across Australia and the world.
"I know it's a bit repetitive but the amount of people that approach me and just want to talk about her.
"We'll be lucky to see another one like her, while I'm alive anyway, I think that is a given. How lucky I am to be involved with such a horse."
If Winx’s last 200m looked dominant to the eye, the numbers back it up. Punters Intel reveals she rattled home in 11.08s, two lengths faster than the next best Egg Tart, who ran third. Le Romain was brave running second though and for just a moment looked like he could give her a run for a money.
Le Romain is no slouch and for a moment James McDonald thought he might have done the unthinkable on the $15 second favourite.
"I thought I pinched it then I thought Winx is in the race," he said.
“She is a superstar,” trainer Chris Waller said.