Winx storms home for 19th-straight victory

 

Champion mare Winx has pulled off another incredible comeback victory to win the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes.

Hugh Bowman left it late to claim a 19th-straight victory at Royal Randwick on Saturday as Winx overcame Red Excitement with 100m to spare in the 1600m race.

"I wasn't worried last start but today I really was," Bowman told Channel 7 after the race.

Bowman said Winx showed all of her class to stave off an upset defeat.

Bowman and Winx win again. Image: Getty

"When she hit the afterburners at the 150-metre mark I can't explain the feeling," he said.

The champion mare wore earmuffs during the $250,000 race for the first time after she blew the start in the Warwick Stakes two weeks ago.

"She's at her best and it's pretty hard to beat a horse at her best," trainer Chris Waller said after the race.

Winx is now level with Desert Gold and Gloaming on 19-straight wins and just six behind the unbeatable Black Caviar.

She will next race in the Group 1 George Main Stakes in two weeks as she prepares for a tilt at a third Cox Plate.

Meanwhile, Vega Magic managed to take out the first Group 1 race of the Spring Carnival, winning the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield.

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