Winx Staying in Australia Having a Nice Spell Near Sydney
Our earlier report that Winx might venture across the waters to try her fortune in Europe or elsewhere has been rendered moot by the might mare’s owners, who do not think journeys to America, England or Japan would serve theirs’ of their horse’s interests.
Winx is currently taking a much-deserved rest in the vicinity of Sydney and will enjoy six weeks’ vacation before appearing in the Sydney autumn carnival, and if all goes according to plan, a spring carnival defense of her Cox Plate title and the attempt to make it three consecutive October next at Moonee Valley.
According to Peter Tighe, who has a part-ownership interest in Winx, she spends her days lounging about in her stall, content without a lot of interaction with other horses. She is not the first in the history of racing to display introverted tendencies, but she seldom ventures outside for any length of time, either.
According to Australian thoroughbred racing protocol, Winx turned five years’ of age on August 1, and will go over the $10 million mark in prizemoney in short order. She recently passed Northerly to move into fourth position all-time and a decent campaign as a five-year-old could easily bring her into position to pass number three So You Think and number 2 Sunline. Makybe Diva leads the list, but she earned more than $9 million for her three Melbourne Cup wins, and unless Winx magically finds another 1200 m or so, it is not likely that she can catch the Diva.