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'Great sadness': Winx loses her first foal

Chris Waller has confirmed that Winx lost her I Am Invincible foal overnight.

Champion Winx has lost her first foal in the final month of her pregnancy in the Hunter Valley overnight. Trainer Chris Waller released a statement on Tuesday confirming the news.

“It is with great sadness that the Kepitis, Tighe and Treweeke families wish to inform everyone that, unfortunately, overnight Winx lost her foal,” Waller said in the statement.

 Winx with Chris Waller after she farewelled racing a winner in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Winx with Chris Waller after she farewelled racing a winner in the Queen Elizabeth StakesCredit:Getty

“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.

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“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.”

She was carrying a daughter of champion stallion I Am Invincible and was due to give birth in the next week. Winx's owners Peter Tighe, Debbie Kepitis and Richard Treweeke are planned to race any sons or daughters of their champion.

It is understood Winx suffered no serious effects after losing the foal but she is being closely monitored by stud staff.

She is likely to head back to I Am Invincible, whose service fee is $225,000, on a free return after losing the foal.

Winx set new standards on the track after winning her final 33 races, including 25 group 1s and an unprecedented four Cox Plates. She earned more than $26 million in prizemoney and was named Australian champion racehorse on four occasions, which is a record.

She retired from racing in front of a record Randwick crowd in April 2019 by taking out her third consecutive Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.

A couple of weeks ago, Winx's mother Vegas Showgirl produced the latest member of the family, a bay I Am Invincible filly.

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Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

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