Australian race horse Winx retires after record 33rd straight win

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Waller's dedication to his job means he is Sydney's premier trainer and Australia's leading Group One trainer in addition to being Winx's trainer.

McDonald knows how that burst feels.

All told, Winx won 37 races.

The team behind her includes Umut Odemislioglu and Candice Persijn who have been Winx's constant companions at the stable and on the track. "It's fantastic how many people come up to me and say 'I hope you beat her, ' but it's not the Australian way".

"She's captured the hearts of a lot of people around the globe".

"In terms of the general sporting public, Winx has gone way beyond being just a figure in horse racing - she is a major sporting figure in the country".

Tighe could be excused for letting the emotion of the moment get to him after the race but there was a real symmetry about Winx's farewell win. But my horse is really well and it looks like we might lead. I am so proud of her. Well, I just do what I do. "Winx is going to become a mum now so there is a few more chapters to go with this story".

She also finishes her career with world record earnings of more than $26.3 million.

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Verry Elleegant is still part-owned in New Zealand after starting her career here unheralded last winter before being sold for big money.

The win was also the 100th Group 1 victory for trainer Chris Waller.

Part-owner Debbie Kepitis said: "This is a fairytale ending, we weren't sure if we'd get that, but how wonderful is that girl?"

"I can't describe her in words". But the way she runs around in the straight, that is a bit of a pain.

Japanese-bred Kluger, a G2 victor in Japan for Carrot Farm who had not won a race since 2016, finished second, beaten 1 1/2 lengths, with Godolphin's veteran G1-winning Hartnell a distant third in the field of nine older runners going 2,000 meters (1 1/4 miles) on good turf in front of a packed house of 43,833 at Randwick racecourse.

"But she should get away with it in the Oaks because she might just be better than them and away from the top three or four the class of the race falls away a bit".

"Personally I put so much into each race, from the start of her preparation to her first trial, to her first up run there is always a sigh of relief to see her hit the front at the 100m mark and it is no different today".