Horse racing world rocked by devastating Winx tragedy

Andrew Reid
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Jockey Hugh Bowman is seen here celebrating a record fourth Cox Plate win for Winx.
Winx became the first horse to win the Cox Plate four times after her triumph in 2018. Pic: Getty

The horse racing community has been rocked by the news that champion mare Winx has lost her first foal.

Winx was set to deliver the filly by super sire I Am Invincible, later this month.

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Trainer Chris Waller issued a statement on Tuesday on behalf of Winx's ownership group, who have been left shattered by the news.

"It is with great sadness that the Kepitis, Tighe and Treweeke families wish to inform everyone that unfortunately overnight Winx lost her foal," the statement said.

"Our thoughts and attention at the moment are on Winx, ensuring that she remains healthy, as anyone in this situation would respect.

"It is a traumatic time for a mother and those involved and Winx is now the centre of our attention following the loss of a beautiful filly this morning."

Racing fans rocked by sad news

News of the sad loss for Winx and all those connected to the champion mare, left racing fans heartbroken on social media.

The incomparable Winx was retired from racing after recording her 37th win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick in April last year.

The victory was her 33rd in succession and gave her a world record 25 Group One wins, amassing more than $26 million prize money.

Jockey Hugh Bowman celebrates on the back of champion race horse Winx after her final victory in 2019.
Winx farewelled Aussie racing after her win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Pic: Getty

The legendary mare became the first race horse in history to win the Cox Plate four times after jockey Hugh Bowman rode her to victory in 2018.

She was served by I Am Invincible last season and was reported to be doing well in the lead up to the birth of her first foal.

with AAP

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