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Winx forced to change her name to Minx

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    Posted: 01 Apr 2017 at 9:18am
Australia’s champion racehorse Winx will contest next Saturday’s Group One Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) under a new name after the animated television series ‘Winx Club’ won a breach of copyright injunction order in the Federal Court of Australia.

Lawyers on behalf of Winx Club – a media franchise encompassing books, clothing and video games as well as the globally watched fairy-based cartoon – successfully argued that the owners of five-year-old mare Winx had breached their commercial rights in naming the daughter of Street Cry without their consent.

The Court found that Winx Club trademarked both ‘Winx Club’ and ‘Winx’ when it first formed back in 2004, and – in keeping with the precedent established in Downs Churchill v Jet Magic [2 v 1] [2006] MVRC 209 (29 September 2006) [54] – that Winx’s owners were now legally bound to “withdraw or change” the horse’s name.

It is understood that following the shock ruling Winx’s owners put the new name to a vote, with ‘Minx’ settled upon as the $10 million earner’s new moniker.

“We wanted to make the change as minimal as possible, and as Winx famously carries the big white ‘M’ on her silks, we thought ‘Minx’ was the probably the best way to go all things considered,” part-owner Debbie Kepitis told Punters.com.au.


“It’s a ridiculous situation – I mean who or what even is this Winx Club thing – but our lawyers have advised us that for now there is no legal recourse available to us. She runs in the Queen Elizabeth next week as ‘Minx’.

The Australian Stud Book – which oversees the naming of all thoroughbred horses in Australia – has already formalised the change.

Counsel for Winx Club, Craig Williams QC, stated in court that distributors The Walt Disney Company and Rainbow S.r.l. were planning an aggressive Winx Club reboot for Disney Channel in late 2017, which had prompted the move to protect the company’s naming rights.

The world’s highest rated turf horse Winx has won 20 of her career 26 starts, and is currently on a much-celebrated 16-race winning streak.

Victory in next Saturday’s $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes will take Winx’s (or Minx’s) career earnings to just shy of the $13 million mark.
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