The racing world is in mourning following the death of Winx’s mother Vegas Showgirl.
Vegas Showgirl was a stakes winner in New Zealand, but will be remembered for her work away from the track.
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She was a multiple Australian champion broodmare of the year awards with the success of world champion mare Winx, along with 10 other foals.
Segenhoe Stud general manager Peter O’Brien said the 21-year-old died peacefully overnight.
Winx during the first 36 months of her life with mother Vegas Showgirl Credit: SUPPLIED/PR IMAGE
“The most beautiful of mares, Vegas Showgirl, passed away peacefully this morning,” O’Brien posted on social media.
“Multiple champion broodmare of Australia and the dam of the immortal Winx.
“Our hearts are broken, as are the Camilleri family who loved her dearly. The kind soft mare rests easily now.”
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Three of Vegas Showgirl’s progeny are currently racing, but none will reach the heights that Winx did.
Winx was a wonder mare, an Australian icon, and – with a record of 25 Group 1 wins – she is considered to be the greatest of all time.
She was officially the world’s best race horse in 2018 with $26 million in career prize money.
Last month, the owners of the legendary racehorse made the surprise decision to sell her first foal.
In a move that will capture the imagination of big stables from right around the world, the foal will be offered for public auction at next year’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.
Winx’s foal was born near Muswellbrook to great fanfare a year ago.
She is also the daughter of champion racehorse and leading sire Pierro, and those in the know are saying the filly will arguably be the most significant individual yearling to ever be offered for sale in the Southern Hemisphere.
It’s possible she will smash the $5 million record for a yearling.
The filly goes up for auction next April – which is also the fifth anniversary of Winx’s last Group 1 win and farewell ride in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick.
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