Australian racehorse Winx becomes best racehorse in world
From Manu Muroni: June 2018
Aussie mare Winx has dominated the turf over the past two racing seasons. With a current total of $19 million (AUD) in winnings and a Group 1 record to her name, there was just one thing evading the 6-year-old: being the best racehorse in the world. However, after her 25th consecutive win, Winx has finally been crowned number one in the LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings.
After winning the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick last month, Winx was rated 130, placing her one point ahead of retired U.S. racehorse Gun Runner. She's also equalled to fellow Aussie champion racehorse Black Caviar's record of 25 consecutive victories, with wins at meets like the George Ryder Stakes and the Chipping Norton Stakes.
Currently on paddock rest where according to owner Debbie Kepitis, Winx is "getting the sun on her back, eating well, having the time of her life," she is most assuredly not being put out to pasture. A few weeks' rest is necessary to maintain her championship form; however, trainer Chris Waller and owners Kepitis, Richard Treweeke and Peter Tighe will soon be making some strategic decisions about her spring season.
Earlier this year, the team made the hard choice not to send the mare to compete at the Royal Ascot in the U.K., yet still, many would like to see her try at running for a fourth Cox Plate victory on 27th October. Leading bookmakers like Unibet are already eyeing Winx as the favourite to win, and it's a feat her owners, trainer and fans would also like to see accomplished.
As it stands, however, they plan to take what could quite possibly be Winx's final season on the track on a "race-by-race" basis. An appearance at the notoriously lucrative The Everest has also been hinted at in racing circles, not least because Winx's trainer, Waller, has already been allocated one of the 12 $600,000 (AUD) slots to complete. But it's obvious from looking at Winx's career so far that neither her owners nor trainer are motivated by financial reward. They care for the horse and her legacy, so the 2018 Cox Plate seems like it will be the most appropriate way to kick off what will surely be another record-setting spring season for the world's greatest racehorse.
The top three horses listed in the 2018 LONGINES IFHA World's Best Racehorse Rankings are as follows:
1. Winx (Australia) - 130
2. Gun Runner (U.S.) - 129
3. Cracksman (U.K.) - 125