Don’t compare, just enjoy her greatness
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 email@example.com 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.