We're Not Used To Seeing Winx Beaten!

Written on the 7 April 2017

We're not used to seeing Winx beaten, but it was around this time two years ago that the Chris Waller trained Winx was beaten for the last time at Randwick. Since then the 5yo mare has clocked up an impressive 16 straight wins.

Taking a trip down memory lane as Winx prepares for her next race on Saturday, April 8th, it was two years ago on April 11th, 2015 that she was last beaten by around two-and-a-half lengths at the Seven News Australian Oaks (G1) by Gust Of Wind. Winx at the time was ridden by Joao Moreira, who's earned the title of the best jockey in the world.

Here's a video of Winx being last beaten in 2015:

 
The race to watch this Saturday, April 8th is the $4 million Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2000 metres at Randwick, where Winx, ridden by Hugh Bowman, will take the lead we suspect once more as favourite to win. This race has been kind to favourites since 2000 with five winning - Lonhro ($1.85, 2003), Grand Amree ($1.85, 2005), Eremein ($1.90, 2006), Road To Rock ($3.30, 2009) and More Joyous ($3.20, 2012).
 
There's not many who are brave enough to take on the likes of Winx but the field will include 8 rivals.
 
Trainer John O'Shea once more has taken up the challenge with Hartnell and is tipped to come in second place. Hartnell is the only horse in the race to have won over the Queen Elizabeth Stakes course and distance. Hartnell has won twice at Randwick, along with Sense Of Occasion. Happy Clapper has won three times there. Winx on the other hand is happy at Randwick, having won nine races there.
 
Winx is no doubt expected to be victorious for the 17th time in a row. As we've seen in the past, once Hugh Bowman switches her on to sprint, nothing can match her.
 
The question everyone will be asking is, who will battle it out for second and third place?
 
Hartnell has gone up against Winx in six races, three times as runner-up, including the Cox Plate last spring. Hartnell has been very consistent all season and the rain-affected track suits him.
 
Happy Clapper ran second to Winx in the Doncaster Mile last year and then came third to Lucia Valentina in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He is going at least as well this year and had another good second placing in last week's Doncaster Mile.
 
The United States ran second in this race last year and his form this autumn suggests he will be competitive again. He finished alongside Hartnell, coming third in the Ranvet Stakes last start and has been kept fresh for this race.
 
Exospheric is a very talented horse and, although he has to come back from The BMW 2400m where he came in third, the soft track conditions keeps him in the contest.
 
(Photo: Gust Of Wind winning Australian Oaks 2015 with Winx 2.5 lengths behind - Photo Credit: The Daily Telegraph)
 

 


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