10/20/2016 2:36PM

Streaking Winx looks for 13th in Australia


Winx, one of the world’s top-rated horses, will seek her 13th consecutive victory when she runs in the Group 1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in Australia on Saturday.

Winx, a 5-year-old Street Cry mare who won this race a year ago, has achieved a 127 rating on the World Thoroughbred Rankings this year, tied for the fourth-highest mark.

She barely has been challenged during her win streak, which began in May 2015; the closest finish was in September 2015, when she won a Group 2 race by a head. Eight of her victories have been Group 1s.

A sprinter early in her career, Winx has won at distances as short as 5 1/2 furlongs but is 2 for 2 at the Cox Plate’s 1 1/4-mile trip.

In fact, her 2015 Cox Plate victory over the irregular Moonee Valley course may have been her most impressive. Winx handled the tight Moonee Valley turns, making her bid for the lead around the final bend when daylight opened on the rail. She dashed into the clear, drew off, and at the end of the short one-furlong homestretch was nearly five lengths in front.

Winx gets a four-pound weight break from her older male rivals, including Hartnell, who is the clear second choice behind odds-on Winx in antepost wagering. Hartnell, a Godolphin horse, has won two races in a row and won the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes over 10 furlongs earlier this month. He is said to be a better horse now than when he finished fifth behind Winx a year ago in the Cox Plate.

Post time for the Cox Plate is 2 a.m. Eastern.

Doncaster: Racing Post Trophy

The other international Group 1 race on Saturday comes at Doncaster, England, where trainer Aidan O’Brien has the favorite for the Racing Post Trophy Stakes in Yucatan, a thrice-started colt by Galileo out of Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Six Perfections.

Yucatan finished second by three-quarters of a length to his stablemate Capri in his stakes debut last out in the Group 2 Beresford Stakes, but Capri was taken out of the Racing Post Trophy in favor of Yucatan, who is set to go as the hot favorite and could give O’Brien his 22nd Group 1 flat-racing win of 2016, just three fewer than Bobby Frankel’s world-record season total for a trainer.

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