‘Retirement means retirement’ said Winx co-owner Peter Tighe at Randwick on Tuesday morning when commenting on the murmurs that the champion mare will race on after Saturday’s $4m, Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).
Out of the ether over the past few days have been comments that because the owners have not definitely in some way not said this was Winx’s final race that there was the opportunity that she might carry on, perhaps overseas before an international mating.
However Tighe, before the barrier draw for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, put all that talk to bed.
“We have being reading it like everyone else,” he said
“Nothing has been discussed between us at all.
“Retirement means retirement,” he concluded.
Winx, a seven-year-old mare by Street Cry, goes into her final race with the magnificent record of 26 wins and three seconds with stakes of $24,016,674 for Tighe, Debbie Kepitis and Richard Treweek.
Winx heads back to the stalls after her gallop at Randwick last Saturday, picture Sportpix.com.au