Special Mare of the 21st Century Will Still be Special in 22nd
Shows what we know. On the eve of the retirement of Winx, surely the best Australian flats galloper ever, out come the group anxious to fantasize about a race between Winx and Phar Lap. Next thing we know, the name of the Pom horse Frankel is being invoked.
Phar Lap is a legend as much for when he performed as for anything else. He beat everything because he was much better. That is the true parallel to Winx.
Where is Kingston Town in all this?
Frankel ran 14 races.
Ratings from outfits like Timeform and Longines are almost meaningless and suffer from a degree of subjectivity, just as calling LeBron the GOAT animates the Michael Jordan supporters.
Our lack of knowledge comes out when the recent announcement of The Autumn Sun caught us unawares, completely so.
We had expected him to race on, a bit at least, while awaiting the markets for sire and sex of first Winx foal.
Motley fools that we are, it takes only one eye open to see that successful male Thoroughbreds are taken off the track and sent to do more important service before something unfortunate happens to them. Although it is hard to imagine something more unfortunate than the fate of the male horses who do race as they get beyond three years of age, all one need do is look at the 2018 Melbourne Cup to see that there are worse fates to be had.
Those who say it is impossible to make comparisons across different eras have a point. That is why, when you look at statistical records, you often see an asterisk alongside a name or a number.
Those that ask another question also have a valid point.
Where is the sport in seeing Winx beat Hartnell and Happy Clapper for the umpteenth time?
What does it say about the state of racing when the second line for the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a $21 chance named He’s Eminent. It might be the closest we will ever come to a fantasy race between Winx and Frankel, as He’s Eminent is by Frankel.
Hats off to the trainers who are bringing something to the track to race Winx. Chris Waller had to supply only Shillelagh in addition to Winx, when Sydney racing often looks like the Chris Waller Stakes to Infinity.