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Winx’s greatest loss: Sadness for mum

Winx, arguably the greatest racehorse of them all, has lost her first foal in the early hours of Tuesday morning.Part-owner Peter Tighe confirmed the sad news that Winx’s filly foal by champion sire I Am Invincible was still-born.“It is one of those things, we will cop it on the chin, you have to take the…

Winx, arguably the greatest racehorse of them all, has lost her first foal in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Part-owner Peter Tighe confirmed the sad news that Winx’s filly foal by champion sire I Am Invincible was still-born.

“It is one of those things, we will cop it on the chin, you have to take the good with the bad,’’ Tighe said.

“She foaled early this morning and I believe it was still-born. As sad as it is, that’s nature.’’

Winx is understood to have had a complication-free 11-month pregnancy and was only slightly overdue when she went into labour.

Tighe said the filly foal’s death was “very sad” but reported Winx was in good health under the circumstances.

“Winx has had everything going for her through her whole life and this is the only bit of bad luck she has had,’’ Tighe said.

“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.’’

Veterinarians are continuing to monitor’s Winx closely with initial reports the mighty mare seems to be in good health.

Debbie Kepitis, who part-owns Winx along with Tighe and Richard Treweeke, said the champion mare was receiving the best of veterinary care.

“It’s very sad but Winx is alright,’’ Kepitis said. “At the moment she is good, she’s being very well treated.’’

Winx, a member of racing’s elite Hall of Fame, was retired after winning her 33rd race in succession in the 2019 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick.

During her celebrated race career, she won 37 of her 43 races including a world record 25 Group 1 wins.

Her career earnings of $26.4 million remains the most by any thoroughbred in world racing.

Trainer Chris Waller released a statement on Tuesday which read: “It is with great sadness that the Kepitis, Tighe and Treweeke families wish to inform everyone that unfortunately overnight Winx lost her foal.

“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.

“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 IN FULL BLOOM WITH HER FIRST FOAL

FIRST PHOTO: IN-FOAL THRIVING AT SECRET LOCATION

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