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Magnificent Winx makes it 16 straight wins with victory in George Ryder Stakes

Mare of the world Winx has continued her relentless march to greatness in unforgiving conditions to record her 16th consecutive win at Rosehill.

It was classic Winx too, as she reigned supreme in the much-anticipated clash with champion sprinter Chautauqua to take out the $1 million Group 1 George Ryder Stakes.

Jockey Hugh Bowman positioned Winx at the rear after she jumped awkwardly from barrier eight of nine before accelerating away to register a stunning win on the bottomless Rosehill Gardens Heavy 10 surface.

She sat wide for the first half of the race but it didn’t matter as Winx opened right up in the straight, with jockey Hugh Bowman not moving an inch, and scored by a widening seven lengths.

There had been concerns for trainer Chris Waller and Bowman with Winx dropping back 100m after her Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes victory, and naturally, the condition of the track after the week-long deluge.

Hugh Bowman riding 'Winx' celebrates after winning Race 5, China Horse Club George Ryder during 2017 Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens.
Hugh Bowman riding ‘Winx’ celebrates after winning Race 5, China Horse Club George Ryder during 2017 Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens.Picture: Getty Images

Her latest success takes her past the $10 million barrier in prizemoney and sees her join the likes of Lonhro, Manikato, Campaign King and Emancipation as back-to-back winners of the George Ryder Stakes.

The victory was her 20th career success and 11th at Group 1 level in an unbeaten streak that has remarkably stretched almost two years.

It was daylight second with seven-and-a-quarter lengths to mudlark Le Romain and Chautauqua, who filled the minor placings.

Her latest success comes only one week after her global reputation went up even higher, with the champion mare rated the equal top horse on the planet in the latest progressive Longines world ratings.

Before her George Ryder triumph Winx shared top billing with American galloper Arrogate (127 points) after the first release of the 2017 Longines world ratings.

The $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on April 8 will be her farewell for this season.

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