No Winx in this Year’s Group 1 Cox Plate

Source: Sky Racing World

Star Japanese mare Lyx Gracieux won the middle-distance championship of their spring, the Takarazuka Kinen, and did it posting the sort of figure that would win many Winx-free Cox Plates, but the betting hasn’t missed her and it’s hard to see what the betting has missed about her with prices inside $4.00 in early markets.

Her positives are that she has run ratings that are in or around the likely winning zone for this Cox Plate in all bar one run in the last two years and she has been able to take that form on the road, running well twice in Hong Kong.

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The market still looks to be giving her all the credit she deserves for that, with several others capable of hitting similar levels, and one of those, Mystic Journey, looks a good each way bet in our eyes.

She was dragged back off a crawl last time, and did what she could from where she was, but this time she draws to land in her preferred stalking role and get every chance to show her best – which we know is very good.

Twelve months on from the blistering performance that skyrocketed her towards the top of the Australian racing tree she looks well set-up for a big peak again and that peak should have her right in the finish regardless of what the others bring.

Our bet of the day comes earlier in the day with the Gerald Ryan-trained Villami looking really well placed in the fourth on the card.

She was a touch flat when third at the same course and distance last time but was only beaten by a couple of high quality fillies in a deeper race than what she faces here.

From the wide draw she should go on with it this time and take control of the race and if she can return to her Sydney peak the rest of these will do well to keep up.

She’s tight in the betting but with a good jock, good map and the most talent she looks the sort of favourite that we can get stuck into.

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Bet Of The Day: Race 4 #3 Villami @ $2.25

Each Way Play: Race 9 #12 Mystic Journey @ $7.00 

Australian race horse Winx wins 30 straight races

15/2/2019 Horse Racing Tips and Best Bets – CanterburyAustralian race horse Winx capped off a tremendous run of form at the 2019 Apollo Stakes on Saturday. Winx cantered to victory at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney as she blew away the eight-horse field. Horse racing fans can bet online on Grand National now as the April event approaches. Ridden by jockey Hugh Bowman, Winx won the race by two lengths after blasting past rivals Tom Melbourne and Happy Clapper. Winx has now won an unbelievable 30 straight races, but she still has a way to go to break the all-time record.

Can Winx break the all-time record of consecutive wins?

Winx’s 30 wins is incredible, but she is still behind Puerto Rico’s Camarero. The stallion posted a 73-2-0 record during his brief lifetime. Camarero only lived from 1951 to 1956, racing for just three years. The Puerto Rican stallion won 56 consecutive races between April 1953 and August 1955. Unfortunately, Camarero died in 1956 of an intestinal blockage. His 56 straight wins is still the world record for most back to back victories.

Winx’s winning streak started just under four years ago at Sunshine Coast. Now seven-years old, Winx may not have many more opportunities to chase Camarero’s record. As her jockey said post-race, Winx has nothing left to prove to the horse racing world.

Randwick was Winx’s first race of the 2019 season and her win backed up her 2018 Longines Horse of the Year award. Called the Usain Bolt of horse racing, Winx can certainly come close to Camarero’s record, if she is kept racing. Unfortunately, it looks as though trainer Chris Waller is preparing to retire Winx. She may only have one or two more races left to run.

How does Winx’s record stack up to others in the sports world?

There are some sports records that will never be broken, at least, that is what experts and fans believe. Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 points in a single NBA game, cricketer Rohit Sharma’s 264 for an inning in a one-day international, and Michael Phelps Olympic record gold medals are all seen as unbreakable. Camarero’s record of wins has long been in the same unbreakable category. Winning consecutive horse races is incredibly difficult and Winx’s current winning streak is a phenomenal accomplishment. Add in Winx’s opponents may have been far tougher competition than Camarero’s.

During her near four-year run of wins, Winx has been victorious in four consecutive Cox Plate events. Thanks to Winx’s continued streak, she has become a sports celebrity in Australia. Winx has crossed over into main stream pop culture down under. Horse racing fans have come out in droves to see the Usain Bolt of the horse world. It has also influenced scores of Aussies to wager on Winx to win the races she runs.

Since her first race in 2014, she ran 10 races before the streak started, Winx has earned $16 million in winnings. Like other top athletes, Winx is said to rise to the occasion of big race days. Hopefully, she will have a few more races left in her to continue the streak.

What is the Future for Superstar Winx?

Winx winTrainer Chris Waller has cautiously confirmed plans for Winx to race in the autumn but says if she shows any sign she is not at her best, she will be immediately retired.

All going well, the champion will follow the same path as previous years beginning with the Group Two Apollo Stakes followed by three Group One races, the Chipping Norton, George Ryder and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Waller says if she does well in her preparation for a return, her campaign will then be assessed race by race.

The trainer said the decision to race on had been made after discussions with the owners – Peter Tighe, Debbie Kepitis and Richard Treweeke – and jockey Hugh Bowman.

“She has nothing left to prove to us or her many followers and we are under no illusion that she is getting a little older, however she is in excellent condition both physically and mentally and had she not pleased us in any area of her wellbeing or mental state she would have been retired immediately,” Waller said in a statement on Friday.

“This is not to say that it may not happen before her first run of the preparation, after her first run or at any stage where we are not happy with any aspect of her training or physical state.

“We will not commit to any races as yet but it would be logical to follow the path we have previously, commencing in the Apollo Stakes at Royal Randwick in February and if she did manage to get through a four-race preparation it would most likely culminate in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick.

“I must stress to everyone that it shouldn’t be assumed she will be there, it will be a race by race assessment as it has always been, especially over the past two seasons when deciding whether to go towards a third Cox Plate, a second Queen Elizabeth or even a fourth Cox Plate as it was in her last start.

“Each race is important for its own reason and we fully appreciate all of the support that she has had throughout her career.

“For her to be still racing in the form that she is whilst remaining in such good health is a credit to the owners, Hugh Bowman and other riders that have ridden her and most importantly the staff at Chris Waller Racing who continue to keep her safe and have enabled her to be appreciated in the manner that she is.”

Winx’s fourth Cox Plate was her 29th consecutive win and her 22nd at Group One level.

Source: Sky Racing

Winx Wins Again. Garners 2018 Secretariat Vox Populi Award

Winx winHorse racing’s fans have spoken, and Winx, Australia’s queen of racing, has been voted the winner of the 2018 Secretariat Vox Populi Award in the year-end online poll. Created by Secretariat’s owner Penny Chenery, the award annually recognizes the horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the general public and gained recognition for Thoroughbred racing.

Winx was the top choice among U.S. voters as well as international fans representing a record 60 countries. The 7-year-old bay mare has garnered the devotion of turf enthusiasts Down Under as well as the attention of a worldwide legion of fans with her impressive 29 consecutive wins. In 2018, her historic fourth straight victory in Australia’s prestigious Cox Plate, along with a perfect 7-for-7 record, extended her ongoing streak and added to her current career earnings of more than $16 million USD.

The custom-made Vox Populi trophy will be presented to the Winx connections on Jan. 12, 2019, at Santa Anita Park. In conjunction with the presentation, a variety of festivities will be offered to the public, including a special Vox Populi poster giveaway, autograph signing and silent auction.

Winx Wins Again

Winx’s rise to stardom is reminiscent of that of Zenyatta, the 2010 Vox Populi winner whose own magical winning streak also inspired a large fan base. Additionally, the two regal race mares were sired by the revered stallion Street Cry and share the distinction of being the only females to be honored as award recipients.

“Racing certainly offered many historical and heartwarming stories in 2018,” said Kate Chenery Tweedy. “And once again, the ‘Voice of the People’ spoke very clearly. The fact that both the American public and voters abroad were not limited by international borders is a wonderful testament to the growth of the award and the winner’s global appeal. Winx represents everything Mom envisioned when she created this award and reaffirms her notion that a beloved horse will captivate fans and draw interest to the sport no matter where they race.”

Trained by Chris Waller and ridden by jockey Hugh Bowman, Winx is owned by Magic Bloodstock, Debbie Kepitis and Richard Treweeke.

Winx was one of a select group of nominees submitted by the Vox Populi Committee and presented to thousands of voters worldwide who spoke as the “Voice of the People.” Other nominees were 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Accelerate, European distaff sensation Enable, 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify, and champion filly Monomoy Girl. Voters also had the option to write in their own favorite.

Throughout the process, Winx prevailed and now joins a list of cherished racing stars who have also received the Vox Populi Award: Ben’s Cat (2017), California Chrome (2016 and 2014), American Pharoah (2015), Mucho Macho Man (2013), Paynter (2012), Rapid Redux (2011), and Zenyatta (inaugural 2010).

Source: PR

WINX Matches Phar Lap with Easy 14th Straight Victory

Winx winSuperstar Winx crushed her competition at Royal Randwick in Australia over the weekend.  She moved out into the clear turning for home and then powered home while never fully asked.