(Above) Royal Ascot: Will the remarkable Winx grace the great stage in June 2018?
Australian Legend Lands 17th Group 1 Race
You’ve got to hand it to her. Australian super-mare Winx is a very special racehorse. With her 24th successive victory at Rosehill earlier today she has established a new world record of 17 Group 1 victories. It’s an unbelievable achievement, surpassing the 16 top-notch wins established by the legendary US star John Henry back in the 1980’s.
In landing the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes for the third time in her career, the Chris Waller-trained mare defeated five rivals over the seven furlong trip, a distance considered to be her bare minimum. Held up, as usual, by regular partner Hugh Bowman, the six-year-old daughter of Street Cry came through to lead with her trademark swooping run around the outside of the field, but the odds-on 2/13 favourite had to be kept up to her work to hold Happy Clapper by three-quarters-of-a-length.
Back in 2012, Black Caviar, another world class Australian mare, ventured to the northern hemisphere and brought the house down when narrowly maintaining her long winning streak in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. All the talk now is of whether or not Winx will bid for the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot this June. She is already quoted at odds-on with some British firms to win the top-class one mile event.
But backers beware! It is by no means certain that Winx will make the long, arduous journey from Down Under. And even if she does, there are many good judges both in Britain and Australia, who believe she will find it very hard to beat the top British and Europeans milers in their own backyard.
Time again Winx has dominated at between seven furlongs and a mile-and-a-quarter, but on a line through her old rival Hartnell (a horse who was basically Group 3 class during his time in England with Mark Johnston), she probably has a bit to find to mix it with top-notchers in this part of the world.
Sky Bet have installed Winx a 10/11 favourite for the Queen Anne Stakes, but taking a probably more realistic view, (both of her ability and the likelihood she will even show up), Paddy Power go a very fair 4/1. Even at those odds we still wouldn’t recommend her as one of our free horse racing tips, but for the legions of Winx fans here in Britain there may be some who feel it’s an offer they just can’t refuse.
Regardless of whether she doesn’t or doesn’t come to Royal Ascot, Winx is a mighty racehorse and deserves all the plaudits for her extraordinary 24-race winning streak, and her world record Grade/Group 1 tally.
Written by Paul Alster
Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.