Five Top Thoroughbreds Vie for Victorian Racehorse of the Year

It is difficult to believe that there is any decision making necessary in order to confer the award for Victorian racehorse of the year, but we suppose that routine and the appearance of objectivity makes it imperative to have a list of five finalists.

The list of course is headed by Winx, but apparently the number two contender is Almandin, based on his win in the 2016 Melbourne Cup and it would seem little else, for, as they say in some rural areas, “That horse cannot race.”

The rest of the list is made up of Hartnell, Black Heart Bart and Jameka.

Of that group, Jameka did the most work, running nine races for two wins, including the Group 1 BMW at Rosehill March past. She also placed twice and brought in just under $2.4 million in prizemoney.

Black Heart Bart would seem to be the biggest threat to Winx, as he ran eight times. All four of his wins were at the Group 1 level, so to say he outworked Winx would be an understatement. He is also based at trainer Darren Weir’s Warrnambool stables, although we would never presume that that fact would have any influence over the decision, as Victorian objectivity is a widely known trait. Bart brought in $1.44 million only, which may hurt his prospects.

Why Hartnell is in the group is something of an enigma, as his biggest claim to fame the season past was as Winx’s nearest pursuer.

Almandin was the top money earner, just over $4 million, but that simply serves to point out that he won the Melbourne Cup and some minor races.

Finally, should we remain objective, Winx made only two starts the entire season past, so if she were to win the award, it would be based on past performance, as two runs between August of 2016 and July of 2017 is the type of work load tow which many of us aspire.

The award will be announced at the Scobie Breasley Award ceremony on September 3.

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