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Winx Cracks 25 Straight

2018 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Timeform rated 134. Worlds Highest Timeform rated horse in 2018

Winx Cracks 25 Straight

In last Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes Champion mare Winx achieved something that many thought would not be done for a long time winning 25 consecutive races thereby equalling unbeaten mare Black Caviar’s marvellous record.

Winx dominates Queen Elizabeth Stakes
Winx dominates Queen Elizabeth Stakes Picture:Steve Hart

While Hungarian race mare Kincsem holds the official world record for 54 consecutive wins in the last 1870’s that included feature races in Hungary, Austria, Germany, France and England, in the modern era 25 consecutive is still an outstanding achievement, especially considering the way breeding has developed to make the thoroughbred racing population more competitive at the highest level.

While many find it hard to split Winx Horseform and Black Caviar Horseform, or Phar Lap for that matter, Timeform ratings that have been around since 1948 and recognised as the global standard for measurement of thoroughbred race horse performance, does have a process for doing just that.


Black Caviar during her stellar career reached a Timeform rating of 136 making her equal top rated filly or mare in the history of Timeform, a billing she shares with two other outstanding mares Allez France and Habibti.

Winx has threatened to get to that level a few times in her career but remains just shy of it at this point.

Last Saturday the winning effort of Winx was electrifying, coming from last at the 800m to round up a good quality 2000m field and win comfortably by almost four lengths.

Clearly the race comprised depth, with Doncaster Mile and Epsom Handicap winner Happy Clapper engaged along with multiple group 1 winner Humidor - both with Timeform rating of 129. In addition multiple group one winner Gailo Chop (125) and former Japanese galloper Ambitious (122).

Careful analysis shows that Winx matched her previous best Timeform rating of 134. The evidence shows that at the age of six Winx remains as good as she has ever been.

Race standardisation analysis points to Winx having achieved a rating within a tight range of 128-133, as did the ratings profiles of the other runners going into the race and where they finished - Humidor running well below form, Happy Clapper just below (typical for him at 2000m) and Gailo Chop running exactly to form.

A figure of 134, on the high-side of that range, has been arrived at by factoring in sectional times. A steady tempo in the race meant that the overall time was only fair but it only adds merit to the performance of Winx with the wide margins on the line even more impressive in that scenario.

From the 800m mark Winx's finishing speed was 109.3%. An overall time rating of ~104 can be considered to be ~132 based on that closing speed. That, somewhat remarkably, equals her best overall timefigure to date, achieved when winning the 2016 Cox Plate.

The good news for Australian racegoers is that Winx will be back for another preparation and a possible fourth Cox Plate attempt should her form warrant i

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R7 RANDWICK 14 April 2018
Queen Elizabeth Stks 3U , 2000m
Race Synopsis: Champion mare Winx was amazing, yet again, in taking out her 25th successive win and her 18th at Group One level in winning this $4,000,000 feature in successive years. She settled back in last place in the ten-horse field after starting from the outside barrier. She was conceding the leader about ten-lengths as she commenced improving from the 1000m. She made a wide quick move nearing the home turn, produced her brilliant turn of foot to take the lead at the 200m and then drew away to score by almost four lengths in another breathtaking performance. Gailo Chop went to the front as expected, set quite a good tempo and held the lead until overwhelmed by the champion at the 200m and he then fought gamely for second after running a bold race. Happy Clapper settled back in second last place, improved along the inner nearing the home turn, went through to fourth (on the rails) at the 200m and battled on really well for third. Humidor raced back in seventh place on the rails, was shuffled back at the home turn and then ran on nicely for (4.9 lengths) fourth, while Comin' Through was a handy sixth at the home turn and did well in fighting on in the straight for (5.4 lengths) fifth.

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Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
9. WINX (AUS)
6yo Mare
CHRIS WALLER
HUGH BOWMAN
57.0
$1.25
 
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. GAILO CHOP (FR)
7yo Gelding
DARREN WEIR
MARK ZAHRA
59.0
$26.00
 
DEPORTIVO (GB) - GRENOBLE (FR)
Oti Racing (Mgr: T Henderson), J Higgins, Mrs F Archibald, L Webb, Ms D McKeown, Ms M Webb, D & Mrs D Miller, A & Mrs P Goodfellow, Werrett Bloodstock, Bobbin Along & Uthmeyer Racing
3rd  
1. HAPPY CLAPPER (AUS)
7yo Gelding
PATRICK WEBSTER
KERRIN MCEVOY
59.0
$11.00
 
TEOFILO (IRE) - BUSKING (AUS)
 M W Thomas
4th  3. HUMIDOR (NZ)
5yo Gelding
DARREN WEIR
BLAKE SHINN
59.0
$13.00
5th  7. COMIN' THROUGH (AUS)
4yo Gelding
CHRIS WALLER
MICHAEL WALKER
59.0
$51.00
6th  10. CONSENSUS (NZ)
6yo Mare
STEPHEN MCKEE
JASON COLLETT
57.0
$201.00
7th  8. ODEON (NZ)
4yo Gelding
MATHEW ELLERTON & SIMON ZAHRA
DAMIAN LANE
59.0
$101.00
8th  4. AMBITIOUS (JPN)
6yo H
ANTHONY FREEDMAN
CRAIG WILLIAMS
59.0
$31.00
9th  6. CLASSIC UNIFORM (AUS)
5yo Gelding
GARY MOORE
ANDREW ADKINS
59.0
$151.00
10th  5. SUCCESS DAYS (IRE)
6yo H
KEN CONDON
JOAO MOREIRA
59.0
$61.00


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