It would seem only bad luck can beat Winx in her final start.
It would seem only bad luck can beat Winx in her final start.

Winx punter chasing one last massive payday

WINX'S biggest fan has upped the ante and plonked $271,580 on the mighty mare to bow out with a win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

A big crowd is gathering at Royal Randwick for the champ's grand finale at 3.05pm. 

Jockey Hugh Bowman is aware the eyes of the racing world will be trained on the champion mare's farewell race, the Group 1 $4 million Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).

"I appreciate the attention Winx attracts here in Australia but the reality is she attracts the same attention all over the world,'' Bowman said.

"I've done a lot of riding overseas throughout Winx's career, actually, most of my overseas success has come since she has been racing.

"I've often ridden Winx on a Saturday then hopped over to Hong Kong or Japan on a Sunday to ride and I know Winx is very popular there, too.

"It is very humbling and I guess her longevity has enabled that. She has attracted that attention by continuing to win season after season."

Winx is chasing her 33rd consecutive win and a world record 25th at Group 1 level today.

The mighty mare is such a massive fan favourite that Royal Randwick is a sell-out with a bumper crowd of more than 42,000 expected for her final race.

News Corp Australia


Coffee-starved Gympie township finally gets a new cafe

Premium Content Coffee-starved Gympie township finally gets a new cafe

A local barista has thrown open the doors to her first cafe in a Gympie township...

Court rules on fate of Widgee Engineering

Premium Content Court rules on fate of Widgee Engineering

The embattled Gympie business’s five-and-a-half-year fight to stay at its home of...

Disgraced dentist in custody over ‘degrading’ assaults

Premium Content Disgraced dentist in custody over ‘degrading’ assaults

A disgraced dentist who pleaded guilty to a raft of “violent and degrading”...