Australia’s super mare continues to roll on in to the winner’s circle time and again. Winx earned her 23rd consecutive win in her season debut at the 2018 Chipping Norton Stakes. It was her 16th Group 1 level victory.
Winx debuts late in the season due to a suspension that her regular rider, Hugh Bowman, had to serve. Trainer Chris Waller opted to wait out the penalty period rather than switch jockeys and the decision was the right one. The extra time that Winx has had since capturing the 2017 Cox Plate to cap a nine-win season proved to be an encouraging asset.
The Chipping Norton Stakes was supposed to present some worthy adversaries, but nobody came close. Winx proved once more that she has no equal, at least on Australian soil. “She’s better now than she was as a 4-year-old,” Waller said. “Nothing much has changed in the past 12 months.”
It’s been a rip roaring time for Winx to be sure. Her last defeat was in the 2015 AJC Australian Oaks where she fell to second against longshot Gust of Wind, who never won another race in her career. The now six-year-old mare is glistening with more world beating competition, so it’s appropriate to start talking about what her potential 2018 year is going to look like. Could she make an appearance at Churchill Downs at the 2018 Breeders’ Cup?
The question hasn’t been posed to Waller but it’s worth noting. With over $11.8 million USD in the bank during an excellent career that has produced a record of 26-3-0 in 32 starts, the obvious conclusion to her career would be a Breeders’ Cup Distaff run against the best in North America. However, her connections seem happy to let Winx run roughshod down under for the time being. Winx is likely to proceed down her normal path, which includes the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Turnbull Stakes and Cox Plate.
Winx currently ranks as the second best racehorse in the world rankings behind Arrogate, who recently retired. She is regarded by the industry as the most talented active competitor in the sport right now.