Winx falls short in battle for top spot

Winx makes it 17 in a row0:31

Horse Racing: Winx has continued her historic winning streak notching a 17th straight victory taking out the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.

Winx with jockey Hugh Bowman and handler Umut Odemislioglu during trackwork at Rosehill Gardens ahead of the Championships day 2 on the weekend. pic Mark Evans

SYDNEY’S super mare Winx has strolled through another perfect season — but she still can’t catch Arrogate in the world’s best racehorse rankings.

Winx scored her 17th win in succession in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes last week, romping away to win by more than five lengths.

Trainer Chris Waller’s mighty mare ends her racing season with an international rating of 132, which confirms her ranking as the world’s best racehorse on turf.

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But American champion Arrogate, who does all his racing on dirt tracks, was afforded a 134 rating after winning the Dubai World Cup last month to retain the top spot on the latest Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings.

Winx won’t have an opportunity to improve her rating until next spring when she is aimed at a third Cox Plate. But it is unlikely Winx will be able to claim the undisputed world champion ranking until she competes overseas, which could happen next year.

Winx dominated her rivals again this season to retain her ranking as the world’s best horse on turf, while Hugh Bowman is rated the world’s No. 1 jockey.

Winx dominated her rivals again this season to retain her ranking as the world’s best horse on turf, while Hugh Bowman is rated the world’s No. 1 jockey.Source:News Corp Australia

Chautauqua’s spectacular effort to win a third successive TJ Smith Stakes earned him a 122 figure, which again has him rated the world’s best sprinter.

Meanwhile, Hugh Bowman, Winx’s rider, has also reclaimed the world No. 1 jockeys’ ranking.

Bowman’s Group 1 double on Winx (Queen Elizabeth Stakes) and Bonneval (ATC Australian Oaks) last week promoted him to the top spot.

He has ridden 12 Group 1 winners and had 13 other Group race wins to take over the top ranking he held for a brief period during late autumn last year.

Bowman has an opportunity to increase his lead at the top when he rides the favourites in both Group 1 races at Royal Randwick on Saturday — Le Romain in the $600,000 Schweppes All Aged Stakes and Invader in the $500,000 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes.

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Wright hangs up bookies’ bag

Ray Thomas

AN era in Sydney racing will come to an end on Saturday when bookmaker Don Wright calls the odds for the final time at Royal Randwick.

Wright has been Sydney’s longest-serving bookmaker, taking bets from punters for 45 years.

Wright is a familiar face to many racetrack regulars as he started his career as a bookmaker’s clerk with Bert Richmond in 1950 before gaining his own bookie’s licence in 1972.

It is said that Wright was so nervous on his first day as a bookmaker, he hesitated climbing onto the stand. This prompted a fellow bookie to declare: “Come on Don, get up on your stand, the punters are the ones who should be nervous.”

Wright, 85, who fields in the Members’ Area out the front of the old grandstand, has watched all the great champions during his five decades on the track and rated Tulloch, Kingston Town, Black Caviar and now Winx as the best racehorses he has seen.

Winx’s rider Hugh Bowman is Wright’s pick of the modern-day riders while the bookie maintains the late George Moore is the greatest of them all.

Originally published as Winx falls short in battle for top spot

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