Winx: The authorised biography

The full story of the world's best racehorse

Andrew Rule
AUD $32.99

In Winx: The full story of the world's best racehorse, Andrew Rule takes us behind-the-scenes into the incredible story of 'The Queen' of racing. Now with bonus material detailing the thrilling final chapters of her career.

Winx joins Phar Lap and Bradman in the history books: a national sporting idol and the world's racehorse extraordinaire.

The only horse in history
Australian record holder
World record holder

'A deft writer with a sense of humour. It's Rule's access to the Winx camp that adds the X-factor.' Stephen Romei, The Australian
'Superb' Max Presnell, The Sydney Morning Herald
'Excellent' The Age
'One of the most remarkable and enjoyable sporting stories in my lifetime.'
Bruce McAvaney

'She just exploded,' Bowman recalls of that moment, the wonder not dimmed by time and retelling. 'She put the race to sleep in three strides. It was like a fairy tale. A star was born that day.' She wins that first Cox Plate by nearly five lengths, running away. The performance makes her name. A win with X factor.

Australia's world champion racehorse Winx has become a sporting giant, transcending racing in the same way that Muhammad Ali transcends boxing and Bradman transcends cricket. She is described by her trainer, Chris Waller, as a supreme athlete-a world-class sprinter with a freakish ability to dominate longer distances 'like Usain Bolt running in 1500-metre races'. She is the Phar Lap of the modern age, and one of the greatest racehorses in 300 years of thoroughbred racing. In Winx: The full story of the world's best racehorse, Andrew Rule brings together the inside accounts of those closest to the 'Mighty Mare' to tell the complete story of our greatest racing legend.

'I am proud and humbled to work with Andrew Rule and Allen & Unwin on this important book that details the life of a very special horse.' Chris Waller, Trainer
'Peter, Patty, Richard and I are thrilled to have Winx's story honoured in this book about her incredible record. Winx has performed amazingly and we are excited to work with Allen & Unwin, and for everyone to read her story.' Debbie Kepitis, Co-owner

Author bio:

Andrew Rule is a reporter who can find the story behind the story and then write it using the techniques of a novelist. He is known for writing on crime and its detection but has also covered big sporting events -- such as the London Olympics -- and major international disasters such as the Christchurch earthquake and Japan's tsunami. He has worked for three major daily newspapers and a national magazine and is currently an Associate Editor of the Herald Sun in Melbourne.

He grew up with horses, has worked in stables and has had a lifelong weakness for racing. He claims to be the only Australian Journalist of the Year to have ridden a winner of a horse race.

Category: Sport
ISBN: 9781760876104
Awards: Longlisted Walkley Book Award 2019 AU
Table Of Contents: Foreword by Bruce McAvaney xi

1 The hint of greatness
2 The stand-in
3 The farm boys
4 The wrong O'Brien
5 The right CamillerI
6 The best mare there
7 The wrong stallion
8 The right stallion
9 The standing start
10 The winning smile
11 The Tighe connection
12 The right station in life
13 The sound advice
14 The breaker
15 The wrong foot
16 The natural
17 The good keen man
18 The streak begins
19 The show reel
20 The second coming
21 The third act
22 The presence of greatness
23 The Bowman brand
24 The Winx factor
25 The proof of Greatness

Epilogue 419
Afterword 423
Appendix 1: Vital statistics 429
Appendix 2: Race statistics 430
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: November 2019
Page Extent: 520
Format: Paperback - C format
Subject: Sports & outdoor recreation