Super filly Winx had the favourite punters cheering and her connections celebrating when she scored a runaway win in today’s Group One Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Doomben.
In the second half of the field for much of the race, Winx came with a strong run to reel in the leaders and then race away for a three and a half length demolition of her rivals.
The filly was sent out the warm favourite after a stunning last to first win in the Group Three Sunshine Coast Guineas at Caloundra on May 16. A start earlier she made up a heap of ground when second in the AJC Oaks.
“The pressure is on when your have the favourite in a big race,” Waller told reporters. “She’s got class and a turn of foot. To have that extra gear or two certainly makes a difference.”
“Good horses make things look easy. She was very dominant,” Waller added.
The win was the fourth at group level in just 12 starts, from six overall, for the gorgeous filly. Her earnings have soared past $1 million with her Oaks triumph.
Winx was bred by the Camilleri family’s Fairway Thoroughbreds – the same breeders of champion juvenile colt Vancouver. He was raised at Coolmore Stud and sold through their draft at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $230,000.
She is by Street Cry – sire of Aussie based stars including Shocking, Whobegotyou, Pride of Dubai and Long John as well as international champions Zenyatta and Street Sense among 89 stakes winners.
Winx’s dam Vegas Showgirl, a daughter of Al Akbar, won two races at two and trained on to win seven, including two at stakes level before being retired to stud. Winx is one of her two named foals and first runner.
Vegas Showgirl was purchased by leading bloodstock Colm Santry on behalf of Fairway at the 2008 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale from the draft of Dormello Stud for $455,000.
A winner on the Sunshine Coast during a career which netted black type in Sydney when second in a Sheraco Stakes, Vegas Showgirl is a half sister to the stakes performer Black Magic Maggie.