The horse racing community has been rocked by the news that champion mare Winx has lost her first foal.
Winx was set to deliver the filly by super sire I Am Invincible, later this month.
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Trainer Chris Waller issued a statement on Tuesday on behalf of Winx's ownership group, who have been left shattered by the news.
"It is with great sadness that the Kepitis, Tighe and Treweeke families wish to inform everyone that unfortunately overnight Winx lost her foal," the statement said.
"Our thoughts and attention at the moment are on Winx, ensuring that she remains healthy, as anyone in this situation would respect.
"It is a traumatic time for a mother and those involved and Winx is now the centre of our attention following the loss of a beautiful filly this morning."
Racing fans rocked by sad news
News of the sad loss for Winx and all those connected to the champion mare, left racing fans heartbroken on social media.
Winx lost her baby last night 💔— Georgia_96 (@gbarnes4321) October 13, 2020
It is a tragedy for Winx— Chabuca (@chabuca1309) October 13, 2020
Winx has sadly lost her first foal 😔 💙 pic.twitter.com/wP2VMNxzPW— 7HorseRacing 🐎 (@7horseracing) October 13, 2020
This so heartbreaking. Poor Winxy.💙🐴😕— Sharyn Bunney (@shazbunney) October 13, 2020
💔💙💔— Rachel (@simpson17m) October 13, 2020
I hope dear Winx is resting and that she will recover from her loss.💕— DEIRDRE DUKE (@DEIRDREJA) October 13, 2020
The connections of Winx are mourning the loss of the legendary mare's first foal.— Racing.com (@Racing) October 13, 2020
Winx, who was in foal to I Am Invincible, lost 'a beautiful filly' on Tuesday morning.@PaulTatnell reports. Read more: https://t.co/FeKaMP6Af8 pic.twitter.com/mksZH3PkGX
Utterly heartbreaking. There is so mush love for her right around the world. My deepest sympathies are with everyone in the Winx family and hopes for as easy a recovery as possible.— Gretchen Kijak (@horsehasheart) October 13, 2020
The incomparable Winx was retired from racing after recording her 37th win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick in April last year.
The victory was her 33rd in succession and gave her a world record 25 Group One wins, amassing more than $26 million prize money.
The legendary mare became the first race horse in history to win the Cox Plate four times after jockey Hugh Bowman rode her to victory in 2018.
She was served by I Am Invincible last season and was reported to be doing well in the lead up to the birth of her first foal.
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