Racing super mare Winx has lost her first foal.
The champion race horse was in foal to I Am Invincible and was due to give birth this month.
However, her devastated owners confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that she had lost her “beautiful filly” this morning.
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“It is with great sadness that the Kepitis, Tighe and Treweeke families wish to inform everyone that unfortunately overnight Winx lost her foal,” the statement said.
“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.”
Winx’s owners have described the loss as a “traumatic time for a mother and those involved”.
They said Winx is now “the centre of our attention following the loss of a beautiful filly this morning.”
“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.”
Winx retired in April 2019 after winning an incredible 33 consecutive races during her career.
Despite the circumstances, she’s understood to be in good health.