A field of just seven runners was gathered for the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes, with Winx sent out at prohibitive odds of $1.20.
In a breathtaking run over the 2000 metres, Winx silenced critics who said she wasn't travelling as well this preparation. I know she did work well the other day, but she always does.
"I had a walk of the track before the race and while it had a good a good firm base there was also moisture in it", he said.
Making her debut in 2000m event at Flemington, Winx showed no signs of nervousness calmly making her charge on the final straight to seal a convincing win. There's no training manual for a horse like Winx, we've managed to get it right but she makes us get it right, ' Waller said.
Winx - who may be bound for England's Royal Ascot next June - is already at very short odds to go to the top of the Australasian money list when she attempts to become only the second horse to become a three-time victor of Australia's greatest weight-for-age race, the W.S. Cox Plate (2,040 meters), at Melbourne's Moonee Valley course on October 28.
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.
But co-owner Debbie Kepitis couldn't hide her emotions, no matter how much a fait accompli the win at racing's "headquarters" seemed.
"It was insane speed".
"She gave him half a kilo in weight [he is a northern hemisphere four-year-old while she is a southern hemisphere six-year-old] and in the past he has been rated at 113".
Humidor's race-book rating on Saturday was 114 but he ran disappointingly in finishing only third, having never looked likely to land a blow.
He said when she won her first Cox Plate she weighed 495kgs and a year ago 505kg. "Her highest-rated performances have been in Melbourne and they are generated by her wide margin wins here". "It was time to take them off".