(CNN)The Australian wonder-horse, Winx, racked up a 33rd straight win and a third consecutive Queen Elizabeth stakes in the final race of a remarkable career on Saturday.
In doing so, the seven-year-old mare extended its already record haul of coveted Group One victories to 25.Dubbed the “Usain Bolt of horse racing” by some, Winx has earned its owners more than $16 million in recent years as well winning international recognition through awards such as the 2018 Longines Horse of the Year alongside Cracksman.Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and videoLong time jockey, Hugh Bowman, who piloted Winx to one final victory Saturday, said he was “proud to be a part” of the horse’s story, in comments carried by the AFP news agency. “(Winx) has captured the hearts of people all around the world.”Hugh Bowman riding Winx wins at the 2019 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.Read MoreA crowd of over 50,000 whooped and cheered as Winx passed the winning post at the Royal Randwick racecourse in Sydney, Australia, one final time.JUST WATCHEDWinx’s journey to 25: Queen Elizabeth StakesReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
Winx’s journey to 25: Queen Elizabeth Stakes 22:20Despite starting the race cautiously, she started moving through the field as the finish approached.Chris Waller, the trainer of Winx, later fought back tears as he spoke to Australia’s Channel 7. “I hadn’t thought about winning a race like today ever in my lifetime,” he said.”I can’t describe her (Winx) in words. But thanks for appreciating her for what she is.”READ: Meet the ‘Usain Bolt’ of horse racingWinx fans show their support during the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.Part-owner, Debbie Kepitis, described Winx as an “amazing, amazing athlete” that “never disappoints.””The public realize the amazing history they have witnessed today. She is brilliant. She is a credit to everybody that works with her. She touches a lot of souls in very many ways.””And for that, I’m very grateful,” Kepitis added.