Winx will be permanently immortalised at Royal Randwick with a new public spectator facility to be built and named in honour of the champion mare.
The Winx Stand will be built on Royal Randwick’s Leger Lawn and cater for approximately 5000 spectators on major racedays.
It will also be used by the Australian Turf Club year-round for non-raceday events such as conferences, trade shows, exhibitions and university activities.
Pending final planning approvals, the Australian Turf Club is aiming to have the Winx Stand open to the public for the running of The Everest in 2020.
The project is a joint initiative of the Australian Turf Club and Racing NSW and will be funded through the Randwick Capital Fund, which was established for these purposes.
Winx won 20 races at Royal Randwick during her career including three successive Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes, four consecutive TAB Chipping Norton Stakes, three Colgate Optic White George Main Stakes, The Star Doncaster Mile in 2016 and the TAB Epsom in 2015.
Her farewell run and victory in last month’s Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Day 2 of The Championships attracted a sold-out modern day record crowd at Royal Randwick of 43,833 people.
Winx and Hugh Bowman, picture Sportpix.com.au
The Australian Turf Club is also progressing with plans to build a statue of Winx at her home course at Rosehill Gardens.
Australian Turf Club Chairman, Matthew McGrath, said Winx’s achievements on the track will live forever in the memories of fans.
“Winx has provided us with a lifetime of memories and now her name and career will be linked at Royal Randwick and the scene of some her most famous wins," Mr McGrath said.
“Winx is an Australian sporting icon and it is fitting such a major addition to Sydney’s historic Royal Randwick Racecourse is permanently named in honour of this remarkable horse.
“This new spectator facility at Royal Randwick will provide racing fans with further comfort on major racedays including Australia’s richest race The Everest and Sydney’s world-class Autumn Racing Carnival."
Racing NSW Chief Executive, Peter V’landys AM, said: “Racing NSW and the ATC have been seeking new public facilities for a period of time.
“Accordingly, it is very pleasing that there now is sufficient funds in the Randwick Capital Fund which is funded by revenue Racing NSW receives from international pooling and initially from racefields revenue for these public facilities to come to fruition.
“It’s even now more exciting and satisfying to have this public stand named after the people’s horse, Winx.
“This charismatic once in a generation champion has brought many new people to racing which in itself causes the need for new public facilities.”
A Ground Floor level with undercover comfort for spectators on major racedays
Level 1 terrace will provide superior views over the racecourse activated in raceday or non-raceday events
Structure will cater for approximately 5000 spectators undercover at Royal Randwick
The development is subject to a State Significant Planning Approval (SSDA) pathway
ATC aiming to submit SSDA by late July 2019
Pending final planning approval, ATC aiming to have the new facility operational for The Everest 2020
Artists impression of the Winx Stand, picture ATC