December 21, 2018
The Australian Turf Club is delighted to hear today’s announcement that the world’s best racehorse Winx is heading for another campaign in her home city this Autumn as the Club prepares to host some of the biggest events in Sydney racing history.
Winx will aim for a 30th consecutive win if she resumes in the $250,000 Group 2 The Star Apollo Stakes at Royal Randwick on Saturday 16 February, indicated by trainer Chris Waller today as a likely return race.
The Australian Turf Club is planning to host up to four separate special Winx race days during the Sydney Carnival, depending on the mighty mare’s progress through the Sydney Carnival.
Amongst several races that could be part of Winx’s possibly last-ever campaign are the $600,000 Group 1 TAB Chipping Norton Stakes at Royal Randwick on Saturday 2 March, $1 million Group 1 George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday 23 March and a massive farewell event in the $4 million Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick on Saturday 13 April.
Whenever Winx races, Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens will be covered in a sea of blue colour with Winx flags, special merchandise on sale and Winx Farewell Tour pins.
The Australian Turf Club will also begin consultation with the owners of Winx and trainer Chris Waller for plans to build a statue of Winx at her home course Rosehill Gardens to forever celebrate her remarkable career.
Australian Turf Club Chief Executive Jamie Barkley said Sydney fans were set for more rare moments in Australian racing history.
“We are thrilled and grateful to Winx, her owners and trainer Chris Waller for giving Sydney an opportunity to see her live on course for another campaign,” Mr Barkley said.
“Winx is a once in a lifetime horse and the Australian Turf Club will be throwing everything at promoting racing for all of Sydney to enjoy and celebrate her runs.
“We are especially excited to begin plans for a statue of Winx at her home track at Rosehill Gardens.”
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