I was not fortunate enough to see in person champions of the Australian Turf such as Phar Lap, Bernborough, Ajax, Rising Fast, and I was only able to ever see black and white replays of Tulloch and
Todman. I was however privileged and fortunate enough to see champions such as Baguette (unbeaten as a 2yo), Vain, Rain Lover, Kingston Town, Luskin Star, Manikato, Super Impose, Better Loosen Up,
Octagonal, Might ‘N’ Power, Northerly, Makybe Diva, Lohnro, Takeover Target, Black Caviar. I even recall Secretariat, Alleged, Shergar, Sea Biscuit.
Up until 2019, I still regarded Secretariat as the best race horse I had ever seen, the way he won, his winning margins, alas, he was retired to stud before we possibly got to see the best of him.
After following horse racing closely for 40 years, had someone said a horse would win 3 Melbourne Cups, I would have encouraged institutionalisation. Indeed, Makybe Diva did achieve this phenomenal
If in 1981, or any time prior to 2015, after Kingston Town won his third successive Cox Plate, that another horse in the future would win more than 3 Cox Plates, I would not have believed it.
If, after Black Caviar won her 25th race start in succession, I was informed a horse would win more than 25 in a row, once again, impossible to believe.
Yet Winx, not only has she outdone all the above mentioned, she continues to astound race goers, not just by winning and continuing to win, but the way she wins. Sure, there have been a few scares along
the way, during this more than memorable Winx journey, nevertheless, she always finds a way to win.
I never thought I would say this, especially write it on a public web site. Winx is THE best race horse I have ever seen. And, I find impossible to contemplate, the will not only ever be another like her, but
certainly there will be none better than her.
It has been one of the greatest thrills of my life watching Winx, and I have never had one cent on her to win any race. Superlatives are endless, in fact they have all been said.
Thanks for the ride Winx. Looking forward to your finale, and anyone who does not shed a tear at Royal Randwick on Queen Elizabeth Stakes day when she blitzes her rivals, should not consider themselves
a true racing fan.