Winx Unfazed by Australian Racing Hall of Fame Induction
When we watch golf, a player who immediately misses a short-ish putt immediately following a commentator’s words to this effect, “He has not missed a putt inside one metre all week,” is said to have suffered the Announcer’s Curse.”
We find ourselves wondering if Winx, recently elevated to the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, despite still being active, will burden her with a similar hex.
Then again, the golfer is not aware that the Announcer’s Curse has been applied to him and it is even more obvious that Winx cares not one whit for ceremonial distinction, regardless of the degree of the honour.
Long overdue, Archer and Light Fingers, along with Saintly, were the thoroughbreds to achieve the highest recognition of Australian thoroughbred racing.
Black Caviar and Sunline are the only other horses to go into the Hall while still competing. Do we detect a slight case of gender bias here? No male or gelded horse has ever made it into the Hall before officially being retired.
Winx is certainly deserving, and any hint that she could be negatively impacted by being inducted before she is finished racing is pure whimsy on our part, although we would hate to see the sort of outcome Black Caviar experienced, where she was retired unbeaten in her prime with possibly one or two more campaigns to increase her legacy.