Don’t com­pare, just en­joy her great­ness

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT -

PETER Moody was bet­ter placed than most to as­sess Winx’s amaz­ing feat yes­ter­day, declar­ing it was un­fair to com­pare her with his un­beaten cham­pion Black Caviar.

“She runs sprint­ers’ sec­tion­als in mid­dle-dis­tance races,” he said. “You just can’t beat her, it’s phe­nom­e­nal.

“She runs not quite Black Caviar sec­tion­als but near enough to.

“Black Caviar was run­ning them over 1000, 1200m. Winx is run­ning them over a mile, 2000m. That’s phe­nom­e­nal.”

The one dif­fer­ence be­tween Black Caviar and Winx is that the lat­ter did suf­fer six de­feats early in her ca­reer.

“I never said Black Caviar was bet­ter than any cham­pion but she has a unique­ness that is un­par­al­leled – she was un­de­feated,” Moody said.

“But I’m never go­ing to sug­gest she is bet­ter than Winx or bet­ter than Makybe Diva or Vain.

“”We should en­joy this for what she is. She’s an un­be­liev­able su­per­star.

“She’s won 28 races, 18 Group 1s and $18 mil­lion in prize­money.

“Why do we have to com­pare? Let’s en­joy it.” THE PEO­PLE’S CHAMP LEG­ENDARY rac­ing scribe Ken Cal­lan­der has seen a cav­al­cade of cham­pi­ons over the years and rates the public af­fec­tion given to Winx the equal to what the likes of Kingston Town had in their hey­day.

“The crowds were big­ger then, @xlb­nathan_c­mail nathan.exelby@news.com.au LE­GEND: Hugh Bow­man gives Winx a pat af­ter her win at Rand­wick yes­ter­day. Pic­ture: Ju­lian An­drews but the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the crowd is as good as what the cham­pi­ons of the past were af­forded,” Cal­lan­der said.

“They re­ally love her and so they should. That’s the best they can put up and she beats them by four lengths.” DREAM CRUSHED IN FLASH MARK Zahra be­came the lat­est jockey to have that fleet­ing feel­ing of per­haps be­ing the one to top­ple Winx, but as he ex­plained post- race, it only lasted a frac­tion of a second on his mount Gailo Chop.

“When I quick­ened in the straight I thought (he was go­ing to win), it was only a fleet­ing mo­ment and as the thought came into my head, it was quickly gone and she ran straight past me,” Zahra said.

“The kick he gave me at the top of the straight usu­ally wins you the race, espe­cially with him.

“When he gives me that sort of feel he just wins and she just went straight past like I was stand­ing still. We’ve run into a once-in-al­ife­time mare. It’s good to be a part of it.

“You never like to get beat, even if it is by Winx, but I’m just so happy for (Gailo Chop), he’s had such a good prep.

“He tries his heart out and it’s mas­sive prize­money for second.”

Gailo Chop’s part-owner Terry Hen­der­son said run­ning second “makes up for the Aus­tralian Cup” where Gailo Chop was favourite but was sub­jected to a tor­rid run.

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