'Captured hearts': Winx bows out with final win before retirement

Winx retires having been unbeaten in four years

Winx retires having been unbeaten in four years

Hugh Bowman has been aboard Winx 30 times during her current winning streak and in 32 of her career starts, though he was aboard for one of Winx's rare defeats, a runner-up effort to the classy First Seal (Aus) (Fastnet Rock ) in the G1 Coolmore Flight S.at Randwick in October 2014.

She was hot favourite and with long-time jockey Hugh Bowman in the saddle there was only ever going to be one victor, cementing her place in horse racing history alongside fellow Australian greats Phar Lap and Black Caviar.

Waller joined them on the track for an embrace with both horse and jockey, capturing an image of the three most successful identities in contemporary Australian sport.

An emotional Bowman said the number of people who had come to see Winx's last-ever race was overwhelming.

In her usual style, Winx held back until the final bend before powering to the finish line to deafening roars from the crowd.

One lucky punter is $33,000 richer after a late bet of $550,000 on the champion. "Because I tell you there are times I haven't wanted to".

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"For whatever reason, she keeps running as fast as she has been for four years".

Her final run gave Waller his 100th Group One victor. I've had to run against her to get to the races I wanted to. "It brings the world together as one", trainer Chris Waller said after the win.

The Sydney Morning Herald called her "perfection on four legs".

"I dare say if she had something else to give, she had more to give. And it is such a special moment to share it with not only my attractive wife and my handsome children, but the lovely people who have been right behind Winx", he said.

"Purely in racing terms, I reckon it's the most anticipated race and race day in my lifetime", he said before hosting Channel Seven's coverage.

"This has just been complete luck that a horse like this has come into my life".

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