Winx Crowned Champion Racehorse Again

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Winx | Bronwen Healy

Winx (Aus) (Street Cry {Ire}) was crowned Australia’s Champion Racehorse for the second year in a row during an awards ceremony at Brisbane on Sunday evening. The Chris Waller trainee won her 21st consecutive start, the G1 Turnbull S. at Flemington only on Oct. 7–and won all eight of her races during the 2016/2017 campaign, among them a second G1 Cox Plate and the G1 Queen Elizabeth S. in April. Also named the Magic Millions Champion Middle Distance champion, the 6-year-old mare is currently eyeing a third Cox plate on Oct. 28. Chris Waller was honoured with The Bart Cummings Award as the leading Group 1-winning trainer for the previous season and Winx’s regular reignsman Hugh Bowman won the Champion Group 1 Jockey Award.

Two horses gunning for the A$10-million G1 The Everest also claimed awards on Sunday: G1 Golden Slipper S. heroine She Will Reign (Aus) (Manhattan Rain {Aus}) was named Racing Queensland Champion 2-Year-Old, while veteran grey speedster Chautauqua (Aus) (Encosta de Lago {Aus}) earned the International Animal Health Products Champion Sprinter title for the second year in a row after winning his third G1 TJ Smith S. at Royal Randwick.

Last year’s Australian champion 2-year-old filly Yankee Rose (Aus) (All American {Aus}) was voted the New Zealand Bloodstock Champion 3-Year-Old Filly off a victory in the G1 Moet & Chandon Spring Champion S. with Flying Artie (Aus) (Artie Schiller) leading the 3-year-old males as the James Boag’s Champion 3-Year-Old Colt or Gelding after saluting in the G1 Coolmore Stud Ascot Vale S. Jameka (Aus) (Myboycharlie {Ire}) was the Racing Queensland Champion Stayer on the back of wins in the G1 BMW Caulfield Cup and the G1 BMW H. E. Tancred S., while the Radio TAB Champion Jumper award went the way of Wells (Aus) (Galileo {Ire}). Arrowfield Stud’s champion sire Snitzel (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}) was the recipient of the HQ Insurance Champion Sire award after a record-season.

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