Winx Makes it 23 Without Breaking a Lather
Ridiculous. That’s what she is.
Winx won the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes so easily that the other eight horses looked like pieces on a game board, waiting for a player to roll a 12 and get to provide at least the illusion of some movement.
She and Bowie just waited for the appropriate moment, and then simply blew the rest of the field away. She won by seven lengths, but if they had chosen to run 100 metres sooner, it could easily have been five or more between Winx and Prized Icon, the second place finisher with the $16 starting price that may have paid a handsome place dividend to any so fortunate.
Much the same can be said of Classic Uniform, the third runner to finish with a double-digitstarting price of $51.
If this had been an 1800 m, rather than a 1600 m race, it is possible that Winx would have lapped Jemadar at the tail end.
Unlike last year, Winx trainer Chris Waller did not flood the field with horses from his stables. In 2017, Waller accounted for six of the 10 runners. He fielded only three this time around, Libran and Who Shot Thebarman being the other two.
The easy victory for Winx led to renewed calls to take her to England’s Royal Ascot in June. It is reminiscent of Black Caviar heading to Great Britain to bend the knee in 2012, where she won the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee in a three-horse race in the one-horse town on London’s west side.
Winx will be done with her autumn campaign by that time and will very likely have passed Black Caviar’s 25 consecutive win streak. She has nothing else to do, but if the Brits think they have anything near her equal, let them come down under and prove it.