Winx | Horse Of The Month March 2018
Winx - Horse Of The Month March 2018
We have declared Winx to be our betsfree.com.au Horse of the Month for March 2018.
She left us no choice.
After skipping her scheduled start in late February, the Group 1 Futurity Stakes because of rider Hugh Bowman’s suspension, she returned for her autumn campaign to win the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes by seven lengths. That was a clear demonstration that she intended to pick up where she left off after she won her third consecutive Cox Plate at the end of October 2017.
She was tested a bit more in her second outing in March, but she eventually won the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes by a comfortable-no-photo-necessary 3/4ths of a length.
The most recent win boosted her prize money to over $16.5 million and it seems as though she is only improving with age.
Alongside all the ones beside her name in the record books for first place finishes, one very telling tribute to her greatness is the shrinking field of horses willing to jump against her. With the lone exception of the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick in September of 2017, the last time she was in a field of more than 10 was in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes in February of 2017.
In the Chipping Norton Stakes, she would have faced a field of six competitors but for the decision by her trainer Chris Waller to run her stablemates Libran and Who Shot Thebarman.
We could engage in fanciful speculation and say that if she were to try the Melbourne Cup, Waller would have to supply half the field if Racing Victoria insisted on having 24 run.
Records continue to fall in her wake. Records of various descriptions.
She put on a display of closing speed in the George Ryder, covering the final 600 metres in 33.62 seconds, faster than any other horse at the meeting, including the sprinters. The same can be said of her last 200, 100 and 50 metres.
She now has 24 consecutive wins and it would seem that her next race, which we assume will be the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes on April 14 at Randwick, would see her move into a tie with Black Caviar for most consecutive wins. Winx won that race last year.
Winx won her 17th Group 1 victory, taking her ahead of the legendary American horse John Henry.
It is difficult to say with certainty how much longer she will run on. Every time she takes to the track, a new high water mark is set for one thing or another.
When she is done, all that follow after her will suffer the inevitable comparisons.
This is the third time we have named Winx our betsfree.com.au Horse of the Month and hopefully, her name will crop up at least once more before she is done.
Someday, we may have to call her broodmare of the month, but hopefully, that day is some time off.