WINX Makes it 28-in-a Row VICTORIES (2018 Turnbull Stakes - Entire Televised Broadcast)
For those watching WINX around the world, there would have been some raised heartbeats and anxious exclamations with three furlongs left in the Turnbull Stakes (G1) Oct. 6, 2018, at Flemington, but the man aboard the wonder mare, Hugh Bowman, exhibited absolute trust in his equine partner.
Chasing a 28th consecutive victory and 21st win at the highest level, WINX had seemingly too much on her plate as the race approached its climax.
Having traveled round in second-last, WINX still had the majority of the field to pass in the straight, and time was running out. But Bowman was patient, refusing to pull the trigger until he needed to.
And when he asked WINX to go, the response was exactly what he, and a crowd of more than 22,000 at Flemington, expected. WINX accelerated down the center of the track, cutting through her rivals.
She hit the front with around a furlong left and gobbled up the ground to the line, winning by an ultimately comfortable length.
"Isn't she just amazing?" said Bowman as the pair returned to the winner's enclosure. "Usually I just ride her so arrogantly and move her into the race when it pleases me, but I didn't have that option today.
"When I peeled in off the back and went in after them, I thought we were in for a fight, but the final 100 (meters), it was just extraordinary. That'll do her good as she had to dig deep, and it will bring her on nicely for the fourth Cox Plate, hopefully."
It will be standing room only at Moonee Valley when WINX does attempt to create history and win a fourth Cox Plate later in the month, and Bowman added: "It's so wonderful for our industry to have a horse like this. I feel so privileged and humble to ride such a magnificent athlete. She's better than good. She's a once-in-a-lifetime horse."
As an ADDED BONUS, CHAUTAUQUA - the grey fan favorite, bids farewell to his legion of loyal fans at the beginning of the Turnbull Stakes broadcast.
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