Winx Stars, Queensland's Pride and Best in the West
Breednet - Media Release - Sunday, 19 March 2017
What more can be said about Winx?.

Her seven and a quarter length demolition job of Saturday's George Ryder Stakes is without a doubt the greatest Group One performance worldwide in 2017.

Winx wins the George RyderA 16th straight win, 20th in all and 11th at Group One level saw her earnings soar past $10 million and fast closing in to the be the greatest prizemoney earner in Australasian racing history.

Next up for the daughter of Street Cry is a run in the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes in three weeks time.

Trainer Chris Waller and jockey Hugh Bowman were left again searching for the right superlatives for their wonder mare - the highest rated turf horse in the world and one many seasoned racegoers are declaring the best they've seen.

Winx made her first major public appearance at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale where she was presented for sale for Fairway Thoroughbreds by Coolmore Stud.

She was an admired filly - was on the market early in bidding - but was sold for $230,000 to the bid of Peter Tighe. He would split ownership with Richard Treweeke and Debbie Kepitis - the rest they say is history!

Winx was the clear standout performer on a big day of racing around the country where a number of fellow Magic Millions graduates raced to stakes success.

In Melbourne it was the Flemington track specialist Palentino who romped away with the feature race, the Group Two Blamey Stakes in effortless style.

A former Tasmanian Yearling Sale top priced lot, Palentino sat just off the speed in the Blamey before coming with a strong run in the straight and the result was then never in doubt.

The son of Teofilo, an $85,000 purchase for trainer Darren Weir, cruised home to beat the race favourite and stablemate Tosen Stardom by over three lengths.

A multiple Group One winner Palentino has now earned his jubilant connections, including Sun Stud, over $1.2 million during a classy career. He is destined to be a popular stallion over the coming years.

At the Gold Coast a sale bound lot received a boost when its half brother scored a dashing all the way win in the listed Goldmarket.

Upstart Pride, a good looking grey from the Michael Nolan stable, showed blistering speed throughout to win the feature Queensland race of the day in grand style.

A $40,000 graduate from the 2013 Gold Coast March Yearling Sale himself, Upstart Pride has turned the attention to his yearling half brother by Spirit of Boom who is catalogued as Lot 216.

The colt, bay in colour, is from the grand producer Proud, a mare whose eight foals to race are all winners, and will be presented by Clear Mountain Fairview.

The build up to the Group Two Karrakatta Plate intensified in Perth today when two feature juvenile races were run including the Group Three Gimcrack Stakes, won by Kiss Bang Love.

A filly by Demerit, Kiss Bang Love finally had things go her way after a string of luckless runs and her class shone through as she proved a length and a quarter too good for her rivals.

Recent Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic winner Lucy Mae was brave in second place, while the odds on favourite Seannie was third.

A $9,000 value buy from the draft of Taunton Vale at last year's Perth Yearling Sale, Kiss Bang Love is trained at the track by Russell Stewart and was ridden to success by big race rider William Pike.

Earlier in the afternoon at Ascot the lesser fancied youngster Wacked Out proved too strong in the listed Perth Stakes.

Raced by Colin Loxton's Cockatoo Ridge Syndicate, Wacked Out finished three parts of a length clear of fellow Magic Millions graduate Riasc - the fourth placegetter in the recent WA Classic at Pinjarra.

Brad Parnham was aboard Wacked Out for his father, champion local trainer Neville.

A son of So Secret and closely related to former sprint star Barakey, Wacked Out was purchased by Loxton for $42,500 from the Rangeview Stud draft in Perth last year.

Loxton will be hoping the youngster could emulate his former Perth Yearling Sale star graduates Playing God and God Has Spoken.

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