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Winx crowned Australia's 2016/17 Horse of the Year
09 Oct 2017 | ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk 

Winx on Sunday night was crowned Australia's Horse of the Year for the second successive year acknowledging her achievements of the 2016/17 season which included her second Group 1 WFA Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley.

The award came a day after Winx's dominant win in the Group 1 WFA Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday where the six-year-old Street Cry mare won by 6 1/2L easing down under Hugh Bowman.

Winx and Hugh Bowman winning the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington, picture

Her trainer Chris Waller also claimed the Bart Cummings Award at the presentation night in Brisbane as the leading Group 1 winning trainer for 2016/17 and Winx's rider Hugh Bowman was the leading Group 1 jockey.

Winx finished 115 votes ahead of her nearest rival, Hartnell (GB), with Chautauqua, Black Heart Bart and Almandin (GER) rounding out the nominees.

The mare was also named champion middle distance horse while Chautauqua won his second consecutive champion sprinter title for his season during which he won a third consecutive TJ Smith Stakes.

The Mick Price trained sprinter Flying Artie secured the three-year-old colt or gelding award, edging Godolphin's Astern, while Yankee Rose was named best of her sex in that age group.

Yankee Rose was the three-year-old filly and Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign named the Champion two-year-old.

Caulfield Cup and BMW winner Jameka was named champion stayer while three-time Grand National winner Wells was Australlia's best jumper.


2YO: She Will Reign

3YO Filly: Yankee Rose

3YO Colt or Gelding: Flying Artie

Sprinter: Chautauqua

Middle Distance: Winx

Stayer: Jameka

Jumper: Wells

Australian Racehorse of the Year: Winx


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