This is the second in a series of blogs reviewing last years global Group One Pattern Races.
It’s fitting on the eve of her last ever run tomorrow we honor Winx.
The Pattern Race World Championships
Each race is allocated 10 points for a win, 7 points for second and 5 points for third, points scored in each race are accumulated and presented in championship format with categories for Owners, Trainers, Jockeys, Breeders, Sires, and Horses.
Today we will review the Horse category.
|Podium Position||Horse||1st Place Points||2nd |
|3rd Place Points|
|1|| Winx |
No Of Places
| 70 |
| 0 |
| 0 |
| 70 |
|2||Monomoy Girl No Of Places|| 50 |
| 7 |
| 0 |
| 57 |
|3||Accelerate No Of Places|| 50 |
| 0 |
| 0 |
| 50 |
Australia’s wonder mare is exactly that, in 2016 she won six G1’s. In 2017 she repeated the achievement and was PRWC champion on 60 points. In 2018 she added another G1 to make it seven wins amassing 70 points, a score no horse has ever amassed in the six-year history of these championships. It is testament not only her brilliance but also her massive level of consistency.
She is ever the champion, retirement means she won’t do the treble in the Pattern Racing World Championships in 2019 however a win at her home track Randwick in the Queen Elizebeth Stakes means she will sit top as she exits the stage. A third G1 in 2019, ever a champion.
The debate about Winx and Cracksman, equally rated as the worlds best racehorses on a mark of 130 is a non-runner for us here at Pattern Racing. Cracksman ran four times in 2018 winning three and was second in another collecting 37 PRWC points. His winning G1 trio were the Prix Ganay, Coronation Cup and Champion Stakes, only Poets Word got the better of him in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Winx’s did a magnificent seven last year and added a pair this year, a win tomorrow will give her a world record 25th Group 1. Her versatility means she is capable over distances from seven furlongs to a mile and a quarter on ground from heavy to good. Class.
Some question what she’s beat, this is a nonsense argument, it’s the manner of how she beat them, it suggests anything in front of her come the furlong pole will be dominated and behind her come the line.
He’s Eminent will shine a light on the Cracksman argument. He was 11L adrift of Cracksman at Royal Ascot last year in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and he’s put in a smart performance running second on his Australian G1 debut to Avilius in the Ravnet Stakes. Avilius then went on to win the G1 Tancred Stakes a week later.
Winx won’t beat He’s Eminent 11L but she doesn’t have too. Her career is littered with class, finding the line when it matters.
Last year’s Cox Plate, her fourth win in the race was a performance of pure quality, to do it in her fifth year competing on the track is astounding. And to be back, attempting to win her 25th G1, what a wonderful bonus for racing fans.
We will miss her.
2018 was a great year for fillies and mares. Not only was there Winx to admire, there was also Monomoy Girl in America. She finished second with 57 points, five wins and a second including the Kentucky Oaks and Breeders Cup Distaff for the 3yo, masterful work by her trainer Brad Cox.
Accelerate ran third with five wins from five runs finishing off with the Breeders Cup Classic. It’s a position he equaled in the World’s Best Racehorse Rankings.
Over the course of the next few months, we will review the remaining four categories, Jockey, Trainer, Breeder and Sire.
You can follow the story of the 2019 G1 Pattern Race year by clicking on the links below. There you’ll find how this years G1’s run so far have panned out in a championship format. Compare to last year also.