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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Wondermare Winx to be honoured with Group 1 run in her name

Winx will bid for history at Randwick in August
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Champion mare Winx could start her spring campaign with a new Group 1 renamed in honour of her record-equalling achievements.

The Australian Turf Club has announced the Warwick Stakes, normally run over 1400m at Randwick in August, will now be known as the Winx Stakes.

The world's best horse on turf has won the past two editions of the Group 2 Warwick Stakes and will surpass Black Caviar's 25-race winning streak if she claims the race rebranded in her honour at Randwick on August 18.

ATC acting chief executive James Heddo said the race's worth had also been doubled to $500,000 after consultation and support from Racing New South Wales.

"After Winx's tremendous win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes we thought it fitting to recognise her by renaming the Warwick Stakes," he told Sky Sports Radio.

"It's a great way to honour such a fantastic mare."

The Warwick Stakes was first held at Warwick Farm, on the outskirts of Sydney, but it has found a permanent home at Randwick, the city's most prestigious track, since 2014.

Winx has been sent for a winter's break in Australia after winning her second $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday, her 18th Group 1 victory in all.

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It's a great way to honour such a fantastic mare

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