Easter money: Winx’s firstborn to go under hammer at Inglis sale

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Winx was untouchable on the track and remains priceless to her owners, but the first daughter of the world champion will go on the open market at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale next April.

The Pierro filly has been raised on the lush paddocks of Coolmore Horse Stud in the Hunter Valley and her owners have made the tough decision to let someone share in the biggest racing story of the 21st century.

Winx’s daughter, by Pierro, at Coolmore Stud, which will be offered at the Inglis Easter Sales next year.

Inglis chief executive Sebastian Hutch was delighted to secure the unique filly, who will be sold at Warwick Farm’s Riverside Stables.

“To have the daughter of Winx, one of the greatest racehorses of all time, as part of the catalogue is a truly special opportunity, not just in the context of the Australian market, but the international bloodstock market as a whole,” Hutch said.

The buoyant bloodstock market could see the filly challenge the record $5 million paid for a Redoute’s Choice’s half-brother to Black Caviar as a yearling at Inglis’ old home of Newmarket in 2013.

Hutch said the filly represents a unique opportunity and is a standout in the flesh.

Jockey Hugh Bowman and trainer Chris Waller celebrate Winx’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes win in her final race in April 2019.Credit: Brook Mitchell

“If you saw her in the paddock without knowing her mother, you would be asking ‘what is that filly’,” Hutch said. “She is going to develop further in the next six months and is one of the most exciting yearlings we have ever had the honour to sell.

“It continues the tradition of more than 100 years of the best racehorses in the southern hemisphere being sold at our Easter sale.”

Winx finished her career in 2019 with a 33rd straight victory in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the most consecutive wins by a racehorse for more than 50 years. She won an unprecedented four Cox Plates as part of 25 group 1 wins for owners Debbie Kepitis, Peter Tighe and Richard Treweeke.

The Pierro filly will be sold on the second day of the Easter Sales on April 8.

“Winx will forever hold a special place in our hearts and we are very proud of what she achieved as a racehorse and now as a mother,” Kepitis said. “It seems fitting that the sale will be run almost five years to the day from her final race start, which resulted in her 25th group 1 win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.”

Winx raced in the Magic Bloodstock silks of Tighe, who is delighted to let someone be part of the next chapter of the story.

“Winx has given us all unexplainable joy and it was agreed by the ownership group that by offering this filly for sale, we make available the opportunity for someone else to manage the next racing chapter of what has been a great story,” he said.

Winx has only had one living foal – this Pierro filly – and missed the 2023 season, so will not be in foal again until 2024.

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