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Timeform Review – 2017 George Ryder Stakes

Winx gets 16 straight wins, 2017 George Ryder Stakes, Hugh Bowman and Chris Waller, field and odds.

Timeform Review – 2017 George Ryder Stakes

The outstanding sequence of wins for champion mare Winx, Timeform’s equal top rated thoroughbred in the world for 2016 continued at Rosehill yesterday.

Winx surges clear in the 2017 George Ryder Stakes
Winx surges clear in the 2017 George Ryder Stakes Picture:RacingandSports

Winx Horseform and French star Almanzor Horseform finished the 2016 year rated equal by Timeform on 133, but the super mare eclipsed that figure in the George Ryder Stakes over 1500m.

Winx who earned her previous peak Timeform rating of 133 with the annihilation of the 2016 Cox Plate field over 2040m at Moonee Valley turned her attention to some of Australia’s best sprinter milers in the George Ryder with equal effectiveness.


Winx was going for her second George Ryder Stakes win having easily accounted for her rivals in the 2016 renewal. However yesterday’s field was a far superior line up over a distance previously regarded as short of her best.

Included against her in the small field was internationally recognised and multiple group one winning sprinter Chautauqua Horseform, multiple group one winning miler Le Romain Horseform and group one Epsom Handicap winner Hauraki Horseform as well as impressive last start winner Mccreery Horseform – all proven in heavy track conditions – a fact that cannot argued to discount the merit of Winx’ performance.

Winx was also coming back 100m in distance from her last win in the G1 Chipping Norton Stakes which is never ideal for horses progressing to longer distance goals in a campaign.

Despite missing the start and settling at the rear early, Winx under Hugh Bowman travelled smoothly through the conditions and once into the home stretch accelerated clear of her rivals to clinically execute her 16th consecutive victory.

In her wake some seven and a quarter lengths astern was last start group one winner Le Romain with Chautauqua a further length and a quarter back.

Many thought Winx may have been vulnerable against such quality opposition over the 1500m, however Winx cantered home, Bowman giving racegoers a brief look “ under the bonnet” before idling home, something that he has never done previously ahead of her campaign “goals”, in this case the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in three weeks’ time.

Last year, Winx became the first horse in history to win the Cox Plate – George Ryder Stakes double – now she has repeated the feat which must surely will go unequalled for many years to come – if ever.

And further records tumbled for Winx yesterday. It was the second time she has completed Chipping Norton Stakes-George Ryder Stakes double. Lonhro Horseform in 2003, Telesto (1994) and Emancipation (1984) have won the double once in the last 30 years but Winx is now the only horse to have won that double back to back.

In 2016, Winx became the first horse in history to win the Cox Plate-Chipping Norton Stakes-George Ryder Stakes treble in the same season. She has now done that twice.

Lastly, Winx became the seventh horse since the George Ryder was first run in 1903 to win the feature back to back. She joins Lonhro (2003/4), Campaign King (1987/8), Emancipation (1983/4), Manikato (1979/80), Foresight (1968/9) and Prince Regoli (1962/3) but just the second mare, joining Emancipation to go back to back.

In assessing the merit of the performance several factors were analysed, pre-race ratings profiles, historical race patterns, race standardisation analysis, plus race and sectional time considerations.

The pre-race ratings profile analysis suggested a Timeform rating for Winx of between 132 and 134 whereas the historical race standards suggested a Timeform rating of 135.

Sectional time mark-up analysis and the Timefigure pointed to a Timeform rating of between 134 and 135.

Winx’ last 200m of the race was easily the best by any horse on the day at 11.69 seconds but she really put the race away between the 400m and 200m where she sizzled through the 200m sectional at 11.25 seconds – low flying under the heavy conditions.

On balance it seemed a Timeform rating of 134 would be the most appropriate value – a new master Timeform rating for Winx – a figure that eclipses here outstanding win in the 2016 Cox Plate where she ran to 133.

It is conceivable that Winx may yet reach a Timeform rating of 136 achieved by the undefeated Black Caviar who joined Allez France and Habibti as the equal top rated filly or mare in Timeform history at that level.

Racegoers are extremely fortunate that Winx’ trainer Chris Waller and her connections have not dodged the hard decisions of where and when to run the great mare – dry tracks, wet tracks, up or back in distance – are all taken in her stride.

Winx will have one more start this campaign in the G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2000m at Randwick on April 8th, after which she will be spelled and prepared for a third Cox Plate victory in October.

Interestingly Winx will be fourth up from a spell in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, a state in which in her last two campaigns she has gone to a new career peak rating. One wonders what lies ahead in three weeks’ time.

Ends…

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R5 ROSEHILL 18 March 2017
China Horse Club George Ryder 3U , 1500m
Race Synopsis: Winx yet again proved herself a champion, as if it was necessary, with one of her most brilliant wins, her 16th in succession. She was a bit slow to move, was last early on, but Hugh Bowman soon improved her position when the pace was so moderate, to race back in fourth place, with cover, travelling comfortably despite the Heavy 10 track. She cruised up (wide out) at the home turn, raced clear nearing the 200m and then drew right away to score effortlessly. Three-time Group One winner Le Romain had a good trip behind the leader (Leebaz), briefly got to the front at the 300m before being overwhelmed by Winx and then battling on for a distant second. The five-time Group One winner Chautauqua settled back in second last place, got through on the inner at the home turn, went to a distant fourth at the 200m and then battled on well for third, some nine length behind the winner.

FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
8. WINX (AUS)
6yo Mare
CHRIS WALLER
HUGH BOWMAN
57.0
$1.27
 
STREET CRY (IRE) - VEGAS SHOWGIRL (NZ)
Magic Bloodstock Racing (Mgr: P G Tighe), R G Treweeke & Mrs D N Kepitis
Jan 13, 2013 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Jerry's Plains, $230000, Magic Bloodstock, QLD
 
2nd  
2. LE ROMAIN (AUS)
5yo Gelding
KRIS LEES
GLYN SCHOFIELD
59.0
$10.00
 
HARD SPUN (USA) - MIGNARD (AUS)
A Carusi, A P Agius, L Nicaj, A Labbozzetta, G Serratore, J Altamura, Miss M Bilusic & Mrs S Livaja
3rd  
1. CHAUTAUQUA (AUS)
7yo Gelding
MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES
TOMMY BERRY
59.0
$9.00
 
ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS) - LOVELY JUBLY (AUS)
R & C Legh Racing (Mgrs: R & Mrs C Legh), G P I Racing (Mgr: G Ingham), Gurners Bloodstock (Mgr: M A Ramsden), G Pulitano, S W Kay, Ms M A Keating, Wright Racing (Mgrs: P & R Wright) & Throsby Racing Syndicate (Mgr: Ms E R S Throsby)
 Apr 12, 2012 Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Scone, Passed $300,000,
 
4th  3. HAURAKI (AUS)
6yo Gelding
JOHN O'SHEA
WILLIAM BUICK
59.0
$26.00
5th  6. MCCREERY (GB)
5yo Gelding
CHRIS WALLER
KERRIN MCEVOY
59.0
$31.00
6th  9. SYLPHEED (AUS)
4yo Mare
TOBY EDMONDS
KANICHIRO FUJII
54.0
$201.00
7th  5. LEEBAZ (NZ)
8yo Gelding
MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES
CHRISTIAN REITH
59.0
$201.00


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