Peter Moody Lends Expertise to Winx Overseas Discussion
It may not be a raging controversy, perhaps no controversy at all, but the chatter about sending Winx overseas to prove her worth is ceaseless.
Trainer Chris Waller seems to enjoy the attention and the sense of suspense and he should; a horse such as Winx is an once-in-a-lifetime sort of experience, with few exceptions.
The question becomes: Does Winx have to win in Europe to prove her ability?
We have often said that she does not and that if England or France, or for that matter, Asia, has a horse with anything near the record Winx has compiled, put that horse on a plane and let it run at Flemington or Randwick.
Peter Moody took Black Caviar over, where she won a race at Royal Ascot, but the racing powers that be in that tiny corner of the world could find only two racers to compete against her.
Moody’s opinion carries some gravitas and this is what he recently told RSN.
Australian racing needs these great horses. She (Winx) puts bums on seats on racetracks here. Do we need to prop up international racing? On the other foot, to get recognised on the world stage, we have got to perform on the world stage.This is a two-way street. Some of their greats need to travel too. The great American horses never leave their shores and the great Frankel never left his backyard.“Why do we feel we have to go elsewhere to prove ourselves? It’s a bit of a shame to have that thrust upon us.”
It is as though Moody was inside of our minds and giving voice to our thoughts.
We admit to having an aversion to air travel, as we feel like we are being treated like cattle every time. Winx would obviously get better treatment.
Moody also expressed the sentiment that traveling abroad would not necessarily rule out a fourth Cox Plate attempt, but Waller has of late shown a conservative streak with his superstar, as well he should, as it is not too soon to be thinking about the fee a Winx foal would command, rather than running her into the ground for the Royals’ entertainment.