Tributes Paid to Owner behind Winx’s More Than $26.5-M Career

TAREN POINT, New South Wales — Richard Treweeke was one of the owners of award-winning racemare Winx. He had received credits for the star galloper’s over-$26-million cash prize bagged from various horse racing tilts in recent years.

Based on the update posted online by Australian horse betting news and information portal Racenet, Treweeke passed away on Tuesday, March 9. He was 90 years old. With his passing, top personalities in the racing industry have paid homage to Winx’s part-owner. 

Peter V’landys remarked that racing had lost one of its legendary personalities. He also mentioned that he is certain that he is talking on behalf of the whole racing sector by extending his most profound sympathies to Treweeke’s family. 

V’landys described Winx’s late owner as “wonderful” for horse racing because, during the Winx era, he had made himself available to the media. Racing New South Wales’s chief executive officer pointed out that this favourable gesture of Treweeke had added to the Rosehill runner’s legend.

Chris Waller also paid his respects to the late racehorse owner. He affirmed that he felt saddened to learn of Treweeke’s death this week. Winx’s trainer described Treweeke as very supportive of him and his stable. Waller added that Winx’s late owner was a “lovely” individual to deal with and was always quite appreciative of his employees. Winx’s trainer disclosed that Treweeke always felt in awe of his top-performing racehorse’s accomplishments as well.

Treweeke was responsible for giving Winx her name. The all-time great galloper is a winner of 37 of her 43 starts. Plus, in Treweeke’s lifetime, his impressive racemare accomplished a world-record 25 Group One victories and cash prizes worth over $26 million. At the time of writing, the Chris Waller-trained runner’s prize money totals $26,451,176 per Racenet details. Besides Treweeke, the bay-coloured mare’s other owners are Debbie N. Kepitis and Magic Bloodstock Racing, which Peter Tighe manages.

When interviewed about his naming of Winx, Treweeke relayed that he and his co-owners were asked to submit two names for the then-promising racemare. He shared that the name he put forward for Vegas Showgirl and Street Cry’s daughter was “Winx,” and it was the one that got selected. 

Treweeke said that everyone appeared to appreciate the name “Winx.” He added that he reckoned that it was perhaps because his suggested name was not difficult to recall. Additionally, Treweeke said that he referred to Winx’s mother’s name, Vegas Showgirl when naming the racemare. 

He cited that going to Las Vegas and watching the showgirls typically involve the latter flashing some of their skin. Then, the male audiences would give the showgirls a “wink.” These happenings are what reportedly made Treweeke choose “Winx” as the name for Waller’s charge.

On Monday, March 8, The Winx statue’s unveiling took place at the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. According to the report posted online by the Australian news outlet The Sydney Morning Herald, the sculpture weighs nearly 800 kilograms. The Australian Turf Club funded The Winx statue. Winx’s stunning, larger-than-life representation also features a splash of blue for the winning racehorse’s racing hues and the expression “No. 1” on the racehorse sculpture’s saddlecloth.

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