Winx Wins 2016 Doncaster Mile

April 2nd, 2016

Champion mare Winx made it nine wins on the trot with another outstanding performance in the 2016 Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick this afternoon.

The wonder mare won again in the 2016 Doncaster Mile. Photo by: Steve Hart

The wonder mare won again in the 2016 Doncaster Mile. Photo by: Steve Hart

There were a number of big punters ready to take on Winx in the lead-up to the Doncaster Mile and they looked as though they had got it right when she looked as though she would be blocked for a run in the straight, but jockey Hugh Bowman eventually found clear running for the daughter of Street Cry and she powered to the line to record a sixth victory at Group 1 level.

Bowman admitted after the race that Winx didn’t feel entirely comfortable in the run, but he was delighted that she was able to get the job done again and he said he feels extremely fortune to be given the opportunity to ride such a talented horse.

“I am just delighted for her,” Bowman said.

“The build-up was really something and I can really understand what people that people who have had other champion racehorses go through.

“The expectation is to win and you have so much confidence in the horse and confidence in yourself too, but it is still horse racing and there are plenty of tales to be told.

“To rely on a horse like this is just unbelievable and it is an absolute honour to be involved with her.

“I’ll be honest, today was the first time in any time that I have ridden her that halfway through the race I was concerned.

“The worn track is racing on the worst side of soft and it has had a fair bit of use.

“She wasn’t overly comfortable in it, so the fact that she wasn’t comfortable and still produced that finish is something that only a horse of champion qualities can do.

“I am elated.”

Trainer Chris Waller was filled with emotion at the conclusion of the Doncaster Mile and he had trouble getting words out, but he was able to tell the media that he thought the star mare’s winning run was about to come to an end.

“I’ll call her a champion while I can speak,” Waller said.

“It is pretty unbelievable.

“I thought she was beaten at the half mile, let alone the 200 metre mark and she has an amazing will to win.

“She is not anymore brilliant than any horse we work every day of the work and she is just a horse.”

Happy Clapper and Azkadellia both produced outstanding performance to round out the placings and would have been worthy winners of the race in a weaker year.

Waller will decide whether Winx back-ups in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes during the week.