After losing her first foal by Invicible in 2020, racing fans have been waiting with a bit of trepidation during the course of Winx’s second pregnancy by Pierro, a son of top Australian sire Lonhro.
Although the birth was overdue, Winx and daughter are both healthy!
According to Australian racing site Racenet.com, rain had been falling heavily all week in the Hunter Valley where Winx has been living at an undisclosed location but stopped at around 10:00 shortly before the foal was born. Remaining owners Peter Tighe and Debbie Kepitis rushed to witness the birth which occurred at 10:40 PM AEDT, October 7, 2022 (7:40 AM Eastern Daylight Time). Her trainer, Chris Waller, who recently was a guest at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth, left track work at Rosehill to visit Winx and her new offspring. The new foal stood up within 15 minutes!
Winx won 37 of her 43 starts including her final 33 races in succession, culminating with her famous win in her final race, the 2019 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick. The magnificent new Winx Stand at Randwick was officially opened on December 2, 2021.
This story from the The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia) recaps the career of the “Mighty Mare” and details the amazing space created in her honor. It even has a bar named after Happy Clapper, who could never beat her…but went on to win major races…after she retired. (Click on the headline to read the full piece.)
March 28, 2022 – 4:44PM News Corp Australia
Named for one of the all-time greats at the sight of many of her memorable wins, the Winx Stand give racing fans an experience not to be missed.
To read about Winx’s retirement and see the full version of this poem I composed on April 13, 2019, click here.
She walked on the sand and gazed out at the sea She faced infinity before her, felt the waves at her feet She arrived at the course time after time With the sea in her heart, she skimmed the ground The waves of sound from the stands filled her soul A sea of emotions carried her on …She gazed at infinity, she brought us along…. Thank you, Winx