Winx to Grace Tracks in 2017 Possibly Beyond
The dominating win Winx provided in the 2016 Group 1 Cox Plate, along with proving her indisputable greatness and the right to mentioned in the same sentence with other great mares, such as Makybe Diva, Sunline and Black Caviar, highlights the current trend in Australian thoroughbred racing that sees talented colts sent to stud at the end of their three-year-old campaigns, where their owners can reap the stud fees without risking a catastrophic injury necessitating destruction.
Since the year 2000, mares have accounted for 14 of the Horse of the Year titles of the last 16 conferred.
Only Lonrho in 2004 and Dissident in 2015 have disrupted this pattern.
This development is good news for Winx fans, as it means that she will keep racing, delaying being relegated to broodmare status any time soon. With the type of revenue she is generating, it does seem to be a sage choice on the part of trainer Chris Waller and the owners of Winx.
Her prize money to date is creeping up toward the $10 million mark, and it would seem to be a question of one more Group 1 win to see that mark behind her.
The future scheme for the moment is to run her in the Queens Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick in the fall, although there could be an overseas trip to Royal Ascot in June of 2017.