And that’s 24 in a row. The champ Winx didn’t have it all her own way but now owns 17 Group 1s and a winning run stretching back almost three years.
Find out what the jockeys made of their runs in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens.
Hugh Bowman (Winx): “It was a bit of a tactical race, there was no pressure early. I actually never went in behind Brenton [Kementari] because I could just feel I was getting away from them a bit.
“They are high class horses and I’ve never treated her opposition with disrespect, I’ve always treated them with the respect they deserve.
“Happy Clapper is a supreme athlete and look this mare is just better than them. I have so much confidence in her, she gave me such a thrilling feeling as she did everyone watching here today.
“I could feel the crowd erupt as we went to the front at the 200m and a World Record, what a special, special horse she is and I’m just so grateful to be her jockey.
“Each horse is an individual but this horse has captivated the attention of the world, she really has and congratulations to Chris [Waller] in his management of her and the owners with their patience early on.
“It’s just been such a wonderful ride for all of us, we’ve formed such great friendships all to do with this lovely mare.”
Winx makes it 24 wins a row in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill Gardens
Blake Shinn (Happy Clapper): “It was an amazing run again. Running into Winx is a bit hard to swallow. He’s put his heart and soul into every run. It was a great run. Bring on the Doncaster.”
Brenton Avdulla (Kementari): “I was very happy with him in his first time at weight for age. I just rode him comfortable where he was nice and quiet. I saved him for a dash up and he was beaten two lengths by the mighty mare. He meets Happy Clapper a lot better at the weights. He only gets 51.5kg. It’ll take a good horse to beat him.”
Tommy Berry (Clearly Innocent): “He was a little bit disappointing. I expected him to finish off a bit better than that.”
Jason Collett (Crack Me Up): “He worked home good.”
Zac Purton (Invincible Gem): “She fell in a hole late.”
— Racing NSW (@racing_nsw) March 24, 2018