Jockey Hugh Bowman on Winx gestures to the crowd as they return to scale after winning the TAB Chipping Norton Stakes last Saturday.
Jockey Hugh Bowman on Winx gestures to the crowd as they return to scale after winning the TAB Chipping Norton Stakes last Saturday. DAVID MOIR

Winx could get even better

RACING: Winx has already secured her ranking among the all-time greats but the evidence is growing that she could be better than ever.

Sydney's mighty mare is on a 15-race unbeaten streak stretching nearly two years and during this period she has netted 10 Group 1 wins, including successive Cox Plates, the Doncaster Mile and Epsom Handicap.

It is hard to imagine there could be any room for improvement given Winx's race record but her two comeback wins this campaign have been awesome.

Winx returned her highest-ever rating for a first-up win in her dominant Apollo Stakes win two weeks ago and then produced a complete performance ploughing through Randwick's very heavy track conditions to win the Chipping Norton Stakes on Saturday.

There is no challenger on the horizon and as a rising six-year-old mare, she is at the peak of her physical development.

Winx makes winning at the highest level look so easy and her regular rider, Hugh Bowman, complements the mare so well.

Where she rates among the legends of Australian racing is open for debate but now there is no doubt she is nestled comfortably in that pantheon.

Winx will have two more runs this campaign, in the $1 million George Ryder Stakes (1500m) and $4 million Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).

If she wins both, and let's face it she is vastly superior to her opposition, she will take her prizemoney to nearly $12.8 million to trail only Makybe Diva ($14.5 million) on the all-time prizemoney list.

News Corp Australia


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