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Ioya Two
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Sat Oct 22, 2016 5:08 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDXG-ovkG9U

What a mare. The commentator puts her ahead of Makybe Diva, Northerly, Bone Crusher, Sunline and Kingston Town as the best to ever win the Cox Plate. Do you agree? I'm not sure, but what a demolition job of that field.
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BaroqueAgain1
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Sat Oct 22, 2016 5:31 pm

I'm not familiar enough with all the greats of Australian racing to know for sure, but that performance in the Cox was jaw-dropping. Considering that Hartnell came into the race off a three-race win streak, also in impressive fashion...and she outright embarrassed him, I can understand why the commentator said that.
She won her 13th straight group race, and did it over soft ground, which might not be her preferred surface. She still made a field full of stakes winners look like they put it in reverse in the stretch. :o
Yeah, IMHO she's one of the greatest mares Oz has ever seen, and in a distaff pantheon with the likes of Makybe Diva, Sunline and Black Caviar, that's saying something. And it sounds like we are going to be lucky enough to see her next year, with a possible trip to Royal Ascot on her dance card. :D :D :D
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Sat Oct 22, 2016 8:20 pm

oh is she awesome! - what a stellar performance - truly impressive!
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Sat Oct 22, 2016 10:54 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:I'm not familiar enough with all the greats of Australian racing to know for sure, but that performance in the Cox was jaw-dropping.
This. I'm sure hope Ascot is on her dance card next year.
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Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:31 am

WOW!! What a race. And she was very wide the whole way.
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Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:04 pm

All I know is thank God for racing down under. They are never afraid to take on the males with fillies. She is a great one for sure. I'm having a blast watching her.
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Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:58 pm

Thanks for posting the race link, Ioya Two. Love the comment, "You'll never see anything better than that." What a mare, completely dominated them! The most decisive win in the 96 years of the Cox Plate, and a long-term goal to go for a three-peat next year. So fun!
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Thu Oct 27, 2016 1:58 am

Ioya Two wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDXG-ovkG9U

What a mare. The commentator puts her ahead of Makybe Diva, Northerly, Bone Crusher, Sunline and Kingston Town as the best to ever win the Cox Plate. Do you agree? I'm not sure, but what a demolition job of that field.
She is special but to put her ABOVE those??? No t yet but maybe - Maykbe Diva?? Doubt it
May they run with the WIND
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Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:51 am

When Randwick had to postpone its Saturday stakes card (Friday night for us), we had to wait until tonight for her return to the races in the G2 Apollo Stakes.
And she just moved away from that nice field as though she's running and they're just galloping. Fourteen in a row for the best turf horse in the world. :D What a mare.
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Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:54 am

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:When Randwick had to postpone its Saturday stakes card (Friday night for us), we had to wait until tonight for her return to the races in the G2 Apollo Stakes.
And she just moved away from that nice field as though she's running and they're just galloping. Fourteen in a row for the best turf horse in the world. :D What a mare.
Oops, didn't realize she had her own thread. I put a link to the race in the Fillies and Mares 2017 thread. What a mare!
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Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:02 am

No worries. I couldn't find a Winx thread at first. I had to do an "Advanced Search" to find this thread.
She's so good that she deserves posts about her in two different threads. :lol: ;)
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Ioya Two
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Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:19 pm

What a mighty mare. I can't say enough about her. For a country so focused on sprints and speed, two year old speed at that, how amazing is she? Wins on heavy/fast ground, from distances ranging from 6 1/2f to about a mile and 3/8ths. Such versatility, with a turn of foot I haven't seen in a while. I know Nelly was a pure sprinter, but Winx's closing kick is faster than hers, IMO. There must be something in that Aussie water that makes a bunch of mares champions. So many in the last ten years even. She really is a wonder from down under :D
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Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:41 pm

yeah sorry, I didn't mean to hijack the topic starter's thread.

It was late at night and i was excited, bleary eyed, and waiting for her race to start.

:)
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Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:41 pm

Winx is running in the 1500m G1 George Ryder (race 5) tonight at Rosehill. They've had a lot of rain and the track is listed as a Heavy 10. That's way beyond soft. :shock:
Good news; TVG is showing the whole card from Rosehill tonight, which includes the G1 Ranvet (race 4) which runs before the Ryder, and the biggest, richest race for two-year-olds Down Under, the Golden Slipper (race 7).
Hartnell is not facing Winx again tonight, but is running in the 2000m Ranvet.
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Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:55 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Winx is running in the 1500m G1 George Ryder (race 5) tonight at Rosehill. They've had a lot of rain and the track is listed as a Heavy 10. That's way beyond soft. :shock:
Good news; TVG is showing the whole card from Rosehill tonight, which includes the G1 Ranvet (race 4) which runs before the Ryder, and the biggest, richest race for two-year-olds Down Under, the Golden Slipper (race 7).
Hartnell is not facing Winx again tonight, but is running in the 2000m Ranvet.
Should they even run on that soft of turf?
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Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:17 pm

The Australian horses' regularly run on softer ground than American horses do. Irish horses probably face similar. The Oz tracks tend to 'abandon' a card only if the surface has standing water, if the surface is very irregular is its relative softness, or the trainers out walking the course sink in past mid-calf. (OK, just kidding about that last.) :P
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Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:50 pm

Broke a step slow, no problem. Soggy ground, no problem. What a mare!
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Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:57 pm

All I can say is.. WOW ...she is AMAZING
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Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:32 am

She pulled away from the G1 field like the rest had come to a walk. Heavy ground? So what? Apparently Winx can run on water. :P
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