The sound of Winx breathing is incredible. And it might just hold the secret to her remarkable speed.
Imagine if a Harley Davidson growled on by in the dawn light, with a swishing tail and a jockey on top.
Champion racehorse Winx sure does make a beautiful noise when she breathes, and 10 news First reporter Bence Hamerli was there to capture the equine percussion at trackwork this morning.
You can listen to it in the video at the top of this story.
But there’s more to that extraordinary metronomic purring than just a good massage for your ears.
As Winx’s owner Debbie Kepitis told Hamerli, Winx’s rhythmic breathing could be the secret to her speed.
“She’s a very even-winded horse and it’s just amazing to listen to the power of her breath,” Kepitris said.
She’s not wrong. It’s amazing, all right.
“And she does it so methodically, and that’s how she gets the strength in her stride.”
We already knew that Winx’s extremely fast strides were a large part of the reason for her speed. But could the secret behind those famously fast strides be in her breathing?
Kepitis thinks so.
“Whenever you listen to her, she’s very even in her breath. That means that she’s getting the air into her lungs early on… And I think that helps her get the speed she does.”
Winx embarks on what will almost certainly be her last campaign this autumn, having spent three months in the paddock since her unprecedented fourth Cox Plate victory in October.
The great mare, who is now seven-years-old, will likely run in four races culminating in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on April 13.
Her first assignment is the 1400m Apollo Stakes at Randwick this weekend. If she wins, she’ll extend her record streak to 30. This morning was her final hit-out before that race.
Track watchers say she looks in fine fettle. Kepitis agrees, and said that unlike some horses who put on a few kilos while on a break from the track, Winx naturally keeps herself in good shape.
“She’s the normal Winx. She is showing us that she’s on song,” she said.
Did someone say “on song”? The only music we heard was that fantastic, rhythmical breathing.