Winx new world-champion on turf

Winx was named the world’s finest turf horse at the Longines awards in London on Tuesday evening.

The two-time Cox Plate winner was given a rating of 132 with Breeders Cup Classic champion Arrogate topping the list (134) ahead of California Chrome (133).

Winx (Street Cry) is the highest-rated filly/mare in the world, having won her last 13 races, dating back to May 2015.  “It’s a huge thrill,” trainer Chris Waller said.  “The majority of racing is done on turf and to be recognised as the best is quite special.

“Racing in the world now is on such a big stage now and we get to see everybody’s events and everyone gets to see Australia’s big events.  Winx is starting to capture the world’s attention now.”

Waller has pencilled in the G2 Apollo Stakes at Randwick for her return to the track on February 11 followed by the G1 Chipping Norton Stakes, G1 George Ryder Stakes and G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on April 8.

Winx will then be given the chance to become the first horse since Kingston Town to win three Cox Plates.  Plans are already underway to take the super mare across to Europe in 2018.

“The world stage isn’t a problem,” Waller said.  “It’s the travelling and the acclimatising that comes with it.  In human terms, it’s jet lag for six months plus.”

Arrogate’s thrilling victory over California Chrome at Santa Anita in November saw the Breeders Cup Classic named as the best race in the world, with an international network of handicappers awarding it a 125.25 rating.

The Cox Plate finished joint second alongside the Irish Champion Stakes with a rating of 124.75.