It is not just England, but the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong that would like to receive the privilege of a visit from Australian wonder horse Winx.
The Brits wined and dined two of Winx’s three owners at Royal Ascot recently, Peter Tighe and Debbie Kepitis, where they watched the national Hunt meeting, drank champagne and danced all night, although we cannot report what type of candlelight was involved, electric or natural.
Tighe has pledged to keep the mare’s interests foremost, and if that means making the others come to her, we ardently support that approach, as we have said on many previous occasions.
Tighe left the door open for a trip to Europe, saying last year that a trip to the UK would be a long one. In order to run in Junes’ Royal Meeting, Winx would go over as much as three months or more in advance, in order to permit her to get acclimated to the northern hemisphere.
Meanwhile, the VRC is making a strong case for Winx to try for a fourth consecutive Cox Plate, so much so that they are seeking to double the prizemoney.
Chris Waller and Winx’s owners have four races planned for Sydney. Depending on how she pulls up from those and whether or not she wins. Four wins would move her past Black Caviar’s 25 consecutive.
Tighe’s remarks came after Winx was yet again denied the Longines World’s Best Racehorse accolade, Longines giving it once again to broken-down mudder Arrogate on the sole basis of one good win in the Dubai World Cup in March of 2017.
Pardon our obvious bias, but there seems to be something foul smelling in Denmark and the other Scandinavian countries, for that matter, and the rest of the thoroughbred racing world, when a horse with one win in 2017 is ranked higher than one of a 22-race win streak.
Along with the Group 2 Australia Stakes and the Group 3 Blue Diamond Preview this weekend, the U.S. will contest the 2018 Pegasus World Cup, with a field noticeably lacking the number one race horse in the world, the arrogant Arrogate, is conspicuously absent from the field.
We should mention that the Longines people do not base their award on a galloper’s body of work, but on the single most impressive performance, so the award is somewhat farcical.