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Winx Equals Black Caviar Mark

Wednesday, 25th January 2017

Winx has equalled the international benchmark set by fellow champion Australian mare Black Caviar finishing the 2016 year with a rating of 132. Winx's mark of 132 saw her finish in third place behind Arrogate (134) and California Chrome (133) at the World's Best Racehorse ceremony in London overnight. Present at the awards ceremony was trainer Chris Waller who said Winx's "exceptional determination and will to win" are what sets her apart from ordinary racehorses. Waller has already confirmed that Winx will bid to become just the second horse in history (the other is Kingston Town) to win three Cox Plates later in the year, but refused to rule out an international campaign in 2018. "That determination has taken us on a ride which is quite exceptional, and it could get us out of trouble in England, France, America or wherever we decide," Waller told Racing Post. "The Breeders' Cup Classic is the best race in the world, or maybe the Arc de Triomphe would be the right race for her. Bob Baffert says she races like a horse who would be effective on dirt, and she's by Street Cry, so why not, but if she went to the Breeders' Cup why wouldn't she run in the Mile on turf?" He added: "We've got to be level-headed and try to pick one or two out, rather than try taking them all on. But if she wins that third Cox Plate I don't think there's any more to achieve [at home] and I'm sure the owners would agree to a world experience."

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Winx winning her second Cox Plate by 8 lengths (image: Mark Gatt)
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