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Winx as good as a nod in George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill

Outstanding race mare Winx has continued on her winning way, fending off two stablemates to claim the group1 George Ryder Stakes.

Giving jockey Hugh Bowman his 50th group1 win, Winx led in a Chris Waller-trained trifecta in beating Kermadec and Press Statement at Rosehill on Saturday.

FIFTY STRONG:  Hugh Bowman riding Winx celebrates winning his 50th group 1 win. Winx with Bowman aboard took out The ...
FIFTY STRONG: Hugh Bowman riding Winx celebrates winning his 50th group 1 win. Winx with Bowman aboard took out The China Horse Club George Ryder Stakes during Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images) Photo: bradleyphotos.com.au

Bowman had to call on Winx's champion qualities and when the mare was caught wide in the early stages he sent her forward to sit in third with Turn Me Loose leading and First Seal racing to her inside.

As the field fanned on the turn, Winx chimed in strongly and after a short struggle with Kermadec she drew away to post her eighth consecutive win.

RIDING HIGH:  Hugh Bowman atop Winx wins Race 5 in The China Horse Club George Ryder Stakes during Golden Slipper Day at ...
RIDING HIGH: Hugh Bowman atop Winx wins Race 5 in The China Horse Club George Ryder Stakes during Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images

Kermadec showed he is on target to go back-to-back in the Doncaster Mile, while Press Statement acquitted himself well at his first start at weight-for-age.

Waller said he couldn't rule Winx out of running in the Doncaster.

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"I'll think about the Doncaster," he said. "Obviously the Queen Elizabeth is the race we have set her for from the start of the carnival. But you can't ignore a $3million race the week before." Winx gave Waller his 13th group1 success for the season.

Meanwhile, trainer Brenton Andrew's persistence in buying Royal Hussy paid off when she gave him his first Saturday metropolitan winner at Doomben.

Royal Hussy ($5) was given the run of the race by apprentice Sarah Eilbeck and hung on to beat Collywobble ($6.50) by a short neck with a short half-head to the favourite Stryking Stunnah ($3.60) in the McDonald Sheetpiling Handicap.

Andrew said Royal Hussy was passed in at the Magic Millions March sales last year and her breeder took her to Melbourne for the yearling sales.

"One of my owners was keen on her and eventually we got her with the original owner keeping 10 per cent," Andrew said.

 "She is the only two-year-old in our stable. 

"I broke her in myself and she has been very honest for us."

Royal Hussy has now had four starts for two wins and two thirds, and Andrew hopes it will encourage more owners to give him young horses.

 AAP