02/25/2017 12:40PM

Winx wins Chipping Norton Stakes for 15th straight victory


Wet conditions could not prevent Winx from extending her winning streak to 15 races in Saturday’s Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes at Royal Randwick Racecourse outside of Sydney, Australia.

The reigning Australian Horse of the Year and the leading turf runner in the world, Winx won the $461,000 Chipping Norton Stakes at about a mile by two lengths over Lasqueti Spirit. Ridden by Hugh Bowman, Winx closed from fifth with about a quarter-mile remaining to take the lead with a furlong to go. The Chipping Norton Stakes drew a field of 10.

Winx was sent off at 1-5 but almost did not start. Trainer Chris Waller considered scratching Winx because of wet weather. He opted to start after walking the course early Saturday afternoon. The race was run on a heavy turf course.

A 6-year-old mare by Street Cry, Wins began her winning streak in May 2015. The sequence includes 10 Group 1 wins, including the 2015 and 2016 Cox Plate, Australia’s leading weight-for-age race.

Owned by a partnership that includes Magic Bloodstock, Winx won her first start since the Cox Plate last October in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes at seven furlongs at Randwick on Feb. 13, a race delayed two days because of hot weather. Winx’s current winning streak surpasses the longest streak of the mighty Phar Lap, the star of Australian racing in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Earlier this year, Winx was recognized as the leading turf horse in the world for 2016 in rankings compiled by a panel of racing officials from the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities. The American dirt horses Arrogate and California led the overall list with ratings of 134 and 133. Winx was given a rating of 132.

Waller said Winx will be pointed for the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse outside of Sydney on March 18. The George Ryder Stakes is worth approximately $766,900. Winx won the 2016 George Ryder, the eighth win of her winning streak.

Chopin wins Emir’s Trophy

Chopin, a 7-year-old German-bred gelding, won Saturday’s $1 million Emir’s Trophy at 1 1/2 miles on turf in Qatar.

A Group 3 winner in Germany in 2013, Chopin won the Emir’s Trophy by four lengths over Noor Al Hawa, a multiple stakes winner in Germany and France last year.

Royal Albert Hall, third in the Grade 2 Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland last April, was the lone American-based runner and finished 12th in the field of 16 for California-based trainer Doug O’Neill.

Chopin was transferred to a stable in the Middle East earlier this winter. Chopin is owned by Maher Ebrahim Lutfalla and is trained by Abdulla Kuwaiti. Alberto Sanna rode Chopin in the Emir’s Trophy.