The sculpture titled "Winx 4" commemorates the racehorse Winx.  It shows Winx and jockey Hugh Bowman as they crossed the finishing line in their fourth Cox Plate victory in 2018.  The 1:25 life size sculpture, weighing 1.5 tonne, took over 20 months to complete.

Owners Peter and Patty Tighe, Debbie and Paul Kepitis, and Richard Treweeke and jockey Hugh Bowman were involved in the sculpture process from the beginning. Permission was given to measure Winx shortly after she finished racing to ensure her best racing form was captured. Hugh Bowman was also measured from top to toe for the sculpture. 

Between May 2015 and her retirement in April 2019, she won 33 consecutive races including 25 Group 1s (a world record), at distances ranging from 1300 metres to 2200 metres.  In the World's Best Racehorse Rankings, she was the second-ranked filly or mare in 2015, improving in 2016 to become both the world's top-ranked filly or mare and the world's top-ranked turf horse. She retained this ranking in 2017 and in 2018 was co-ranked as the best horse in the world. In 2017 she was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, only the third horse to earn this honour while still in training. 

Winx began her racing career with three straight wins but then won only one race in her next seven starts. Towards the end of her three-year-old campaign, she rebounded to win two races in May 2015, including the Group 1 Queensland Oaks, to start her winning streak. As a four-year-old, she was named the 2015/6 Australian Horse of the Year and middle distance champion after a seven race campaign that included wins in the W.S. Cox Plate and Doncaster Mile. In the 2016/7 season, she successfully defended her 2015 Cox Plate win with a commanding eight length victory over rival Hartnell. She completed the season with a win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and was again named Horse of the Year.

For the 2017/18 season, she earned her third Horse of the Year honour after recording seven straight wins, including her third victories in the Cox Plate, Chipping Norton and George Ryder and her second win in the Queen Elizabeth. In the 2018/19 season, Winx began her seven-year-old campaign on 18 August in a race renamed in her honour and in doing so extended her winning streak to an Australasian record of 26, since extended to 33. Winx became the first horse in history to win the prestigious Cox Plate four times. 

She finished her career on 13 April at Randwick racecourse by winning the Queen Elizabeth Stakes for the third time. She was then retired to be a broodmare.




Address:1 McPherson Street, Mooney Valley Racecourse, Tote Park, Moonee Ponds, 3039
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.766434
Long: 144.927667
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Culture
Artist:Louis Laumen


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 24th October, 2020
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au