TBNSW Breeders Update Spring_Summer_2018 - Page 5



Timeform Review
Timeform Review
of 2018 Spring Carnivals in Sydney and Melbourne
Article by Les Young, photos courtesy of Martin King Sportspix, timeform ratings courtesy of Racing and Sports.
Wonderous Winx
Wondrous Winx steals the spring spotlight
Les Young reviews the spring carnivals in Sydney and Melbourne
Champion Winx (Street Cry) boosted her profile even
higher during the spring, putting racing on the front
page of the nation’s newspapers and on TV news as
she extended her record breaking sequence of wins.
Returning to competition as a seven-year-old, the
great mare proved to be as good as ever, if not better,
as she progressed to her main spring target, an
unprecedented fourth consecutive victory in the MVRC
W.S. Cox Plate (Gr. 1, 2040m).
Bred in NSW by John Camilleri’s Fairway
Thoroughbreds, Winx resumed in what was the ATC
Warwick Stakes (Gr. 1,1400m), now renamed the Winx
Stakes, at Randwick on August 18 to record her 26th
straight win and go past the record unbeaten tally of
25 set by another great mare, Black Caviar
(Bel Esprit).
NSW BREEDERS’ UPDATE Spring/Summer 2018
In the George Main Stakes (Gr.1, 1600m), sponsored
by Optic White, Winx defeated underrated gelding Le
Romain (Hard Spun) to record her 27th straight victory
before going on to Melbourne for the VRC Turnbull
Stakes (Gr. 1, 2000m) at Flemington for her 28th
consecutive win then winding up her spring campaign
when outclassing Godolphin raider Benbatl (Dubawi),
earlier successful in the 2018 MRC Caulfield Stakes
(Gr. 1, 2000m), in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on
October 27,This was her fourth win in Australia’s
weight-for-age middle distance championship and her
29th straight win remarkably spread over five seasons.
Winx now has the record of 39 starts for 33 wins
and three seconds to return record earnings of
$22,934,925 with more likely to come in the autumn
before her expected retirement to stud.Timeform has
awarded Winx a current rating of 129.
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