Champion mare Winx has tragically lost her first foal, a filly by top stallion I Am Invincible.
- Winx won 37 of her 43 races as a thoroughbred, including a 33-race winning streak and a record four Cox Plates
- Her retirement in 2019 led to a highly-anticipated first breeding season, with Winx covered by leading sire I Am Invincible
- Racing experts estimated that any of her foals would probably be valued at $1 million or above
The superstar racehorse, who retired in 2019, was due to give birth later this year as a start to her breeding career.
Winx’s former trainer, Chris Waller, released a statement on behalf of devastated connections on Tuesday, leading to expressions of sadness from racing fans both in Australia and overseas.
“It is with great sadness that the Kepitis, Tighe and Treweeke families wish to inform everyone that unfortunately … overnight Winx lost her foal,” the statement said.
“There are so many people involved in the Winx story from owners, staff past and present to her many fans around the world.
“Our thoughts and attention at the moment are on Winx, ensuring that she remains healthy, as anyone in this situation would respect.”
The statement did not give details on the champion mare’s condition, aside from noting the “traumatic” nature of events.
“It is a traumatic time for a mother and those involved and Winx is now the centre of our attention following the loss of a beautiful filly this morning.
“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.”
Winx was sold for $230,000 as a yearling at the 2013 Magic Millions sale on the Gold Coast.
She made history on the racetrack, winning a record four Cox Plates and had a winning streak of 33 races, plus a world record 25 Group One wins.
Winx retired in April 2019 after a final win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick, giving her a final career prizemoney total of more than $26 million.
Speculation immediately turned to a possible breeding career.
Expectations were high that Winx could break financial records as a broodmare, with experts predicting her foals would probably be valued at $1 million or higher.
Last year it was announced that Winx would be covered by leading sire I Am Invincible for her first breeding season.
She was reported to be doing well in the lead-up to the birth of her first foal, before the latest news.