Winx won her third-consecutive Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2000 metres, beating Kluger and Hartnell in the 4-million-dollar (2.8 million USA dollars) race in front of some 40,000 people at Sydney's sold-out Randwick Racecourse.
Winx kicked off her 2019 Sydney Autumn Carnival campaign with a win in the Group 2 $250,000 The Star Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on February 16 followed by a win in the Group 1 $600,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick again two weeks later.
Tighe could be excused for letting the emotion of the moment get to him after the race but there was a real symmetry about Winx's farewell win.
The win was also her 33rd in a row, with her last loss coming at the corresponding meeting in 2015 when she ran second in the Australian Oaks, a race won on Saturday by stablemate Verry Elleegant who already has the tag of the next champion for Waller.
"We'll keep her around the stable for probably four or five days so everybody can just spend a bit of time with Winx for who she is, and that's just basically a pet", he said, before later adding. With less than a half mile to run, Bowman made his move to the leaders, swinging four wide at the top of the stretch as jockey Tommy Berry got a dream trip along the rails aboard Kluger, saving all the ground and taking a narrow advantage at the top of the straight.
"This horse has captured the hearts of a lot of people around the globe".
Some would say the honeymoon is over with the sun now set on Winx's racing career, but Chris Waller described her final day at the races as like a wedding.
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Such is her legend that Winx has become more than just a horse in Australia.
"I dare say if she had something else to give, she had more to give".
"I hadn't thought about winning a race like today ever in my lifetime. But thanks for appreciating her for what she is", Waller said.
"She is spot on", Waller told Sky Racing's HQ Saturday.
"The public realize the awesome history they have witnessed today".
The record crowd witnessed sporting history on a level rarely seen as the horse deemed by racing experts to be better than the iconic Phar Lap delivered the goods.