'Incredible' Winx beats Black Caviar's record with 26th straight win

Champion mare eclipses Black Caviar's record streak Roars home at Randwick to win by a length after slow start Extends Australian record to 19 Group 1 wins

Jockey Hugh Bowman rides Winx (L) during the Winx Stakes horse race at the Royal Randwick race course in Sydney on August 18, 2018. - Wonder mare Winx smashed legendary sprinter Black Caviar's Australian win record on August 18 when she made it 26 in a row at a race named in her honour. (Photo by Bob Barker / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --
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Australian champion thoroughbred Winx claimed a Group 1 race named in her honour at Royal Randwick on Saturday to notch a national record 26th successive win and overhaul the great Black Caviar.

The seven-year-old mare trained by Chris Waller eased into her work in the A$500,000 (over Dh1.2 million) Winx Stakes before thundering down the straight to win the 1,400m weight-for-age race by a length over Invictus Prince.

Hailed as the world's top sprinter, Winx moved past Black Caviar's record streak of 25 wins while extending her national record to 19 Group 1 victories.

Four months after winning the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at the same racecourse, the bay mare's triumphant return to the track left Waller choking back tears.

"[I'm] just looking for signs of her losing her dominance," Waller said on Saturday, the same day Black Caviar turned 12.

"I haven't seen one, one ounce of it. If anything I've seen improvement.

"It's quite scary. It shouldn't be about me. It's about that amazing animal behind us.

"What she's doing for sport and Australian racing, we should all take a bow and say: 'well done, Winx.'

"What she does to horses is simply break their heart."


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Unlike the Peter Moody-trained Black Caviar, who won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2012, Winx has never been tested overseas and hopes that she might run in the Queen Anne Stakes in England in June came to nothing.

Her connections have now set Winx the task of claiming a record fourth consecutive win in the Cox Plate, one of the country's most prestigious races held in the Australian spring.

For a fleeting moment, Winx's record-setting attempt appeared in doubt at Randwick, with Godolphin’s Kementari forcing her wide as she rounded into the straight.

But after dealing with Kementari, the Hugh Bowman-ridden mare swept home to the roars of a packed crowd along the rail.

"When she balanced up and saw the winning post ... what can I say? She's just incredible," Bowman said.