Tragedy strikes Winx – one of Australia’s greatest racehorses – as vets continue to monitor her health closely
- Champion racehorse Winx tragically lost her first foul by sire I Am Invincible
- The foal was still-born Tuesday despite a complication-free 11 month pregnancy
- She is being closely monitored by veterinarians but is reportedly in good health
- The celebrated mare won 37 of her 43 races over her four-year long career
Australia’s champion racehorse Winx has tragically lost her first foul.
Former trainer Chris Waller has announced the racing legend had lost ‘a beautiful filly’ by champion sire I Am Invincible in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
‘It is with great sadness that the Kepitis, Tighe and Treweeke families wish to inform everyone that unfortunately overnight Winx lost her foal,’ he said in a statement.
‘There are so many people involved in the Winx story from owners, staff past and present to her many fans around the world.
Winx (pictured), one of Australia’s greatest race horses, tragically lost a female foul overnight
‘Our thoughts and attention at the moment are on Winx ensuring that she remains healthy, as anyone in this situation would respect.
‘It is a traumatic time for a mother and those involved and Winx is now the centre of our attention.
‘We wish to thank everyone for their support and understanding, please respect the connections during this sad time and we will update you as soon as appropriate.’
Part-owner Peter Tighe said the still-birth came as a surprise after a complication-free 11 month pregnancy leading up to the labour.
‘Winx has had everything going for her through her whole life and this is the only bit of bad luck she has had,’ Tighe told The Daily Telegraph.
‘Everything seemed perfect. Winx has had the best of veterinary care, someone was with her all the time, checking on her.
‘There is no blame here, it is just nature taking its course. For whatever reason, it wasn’t meant to be.’
The racing legend is being closely monitored by veterinarians but is reportedly in good health.
The celebrated race horse won 37 of her 43 over her four-year career. Pictured: Hugh Bowman on Winx returns to scale after winning race 6 The Star Apollo Stakes during Sydney Racing at Royal Randwick Racecourse on February 16 last year
The nine-year-old mare won 37 of her 43 races over the span of her four-year career, earning more than $26million.
She was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2017, counting 25 Group 1 wins by her retirement in April last year.
Fans shared their condolences and well wishes to the celebrated racehorse after reading Waller’s statement online.
‘Absolutely heart breaking. I hope she is ok, thoughts are with her and all connections,’ one social media user wrote.
‘Poor Momma losing her lovely first filly. Please be well Winx and bless everyone that’s devastated with this loss,’ another added.