Sydney – The final goodbyes will be private, but yesterday morning Winx was joined by trainer Chris Waller and the two people who for many years have spent the most time with her as Australia’s iconic mare made what is likely to be her final public appearance as the member of a racing stable.

About 17 hours after she brought an exceptional sporting career to a close with her 33rd consecutive victory in the Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick racecourse, Winx posed for television cameras at her home at Rosehill Gardens.

Her celebrity status was evident again in the depth of coverage devoted to her swansong success in the country’s newspapers, with the mass-selling Sunday Telegraph carrying a special 32-page tribute pull-out.

“It’s a huge relief, but it hasn’t really sunk in yet,” said Waller. “Saturday was something very special. It will be remembered forever. Her fans really got behind her, not just in Australia, but around the world.”

It special, with a special moment. Winx left the stage in style, bidding goodbye with a last virtuoso performance.

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