Drama of Winx Retirement Muted by Another Easy Win
She did it, as everyone knew she would.
Winx has concluded and while we are sad to see her go, we are grateful for having been around to chronicle her achievements, as we definitely missed those of Phar Lap, were otherwise occupied when Makybe Diva was carving out her unique slice of history and Black Caviar was here and gone before we could get up to anything near her speed.
Winx goes out on top and her rider, trainer and anyone with anything close to horse sense would agree that she could win again this autumn, next spring and beyond.
She won the 2019 Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick Saturday past, hardly breaking a sweat.
The smart punters, that is those who had the notion of having some money on second-place finisher Kluger ($51), walked away with the money. Hartnell may have made some money for punters.
Hartnell and Happy Clapper could look forward to a slew of Group 1 wins now that they no longer have to chase the uncatchable super mare.
We are not done with her. Should another come along to challenge some of her marks, while we are still around, the name of Winx will be evoked for the purpose of comparison.
We also have a crop of foals, hopefully, that will carry a burden of expectations far higher than the 66 kg handed to Carbine in 1890.
Statistics seldom supply the complete picture, but when she won the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes, she took the record for Group 1 wins, but the prior holder of the record was a jumper, so it hardly seems appropriate to make that comparison.
In Winx’s case, the figures supply a clear picture.
She ran 43 races. She won 37 and ran second three times. Her career prize money works out to about $26.5 million and none of that was from winning the true big money races.