Australia's champion racehorse, Winx, has tragically lost her first foal in the early hours of Tuesday morning, 13 October.
Former trainer, Chris Waller, announced the sad news, saying; "It is with great sadness that the Kepitis, Tighe and Treweeke families wish to inform everyone that unfortunately overnight Winx lost her foal."
He continued in a statement; "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. It is a traumatic time for a mother and those involved and Winx is now the centre of our attention. We wish to thank everyone for their support and understanding, please respect the connections during this sad time and we will update you as soon as appropriate."
The nine-year-old mare was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2017. She won a total of 37 of her 43 races over her four-year career period.
Winx who also won 25 Group 1 races by her retirement in April 2019, and earned more than $26-million.
Part-owner, Peter Tighe, also confirmed that after a complication-free pregnancy of 11 months, the still-birth came as a sudden surprise for them and the mare.
Peter added that; "Winx has had everything going for her through her whole life and this is the only bit of bad luck she has had. Everything seemed perfect. Winx has had the best of veterinary care, someone was with her all the time, checking on her. There is no blame here, it is just nature taking its course. For whatever reason, it wasn’t meant to be."
The amazing racing mare is reportedly in good health but is being closely monitored by veterinarians for time being.
A fan of the race legend wrote; "Absolutely heart breaking. I hope she is ok, thoughts are with her and all connections."