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Winx Shares – But Aussies Not Pleased

Cracksman and Australian mare tied at top

As a result of his powerful performance in the QIPCO Gr1 Champion Stakes on British Champions Day, Cracksman(GB) [130] has equalled Winx (AUS) [130] in the ninth edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2018.

Aussie superstar Winx

Cracksman, who also won the Champion Stakes in 2017, improved his rating from 125 to 130 when he pulled away in this year’s edition to win by six lengths over Crystal Ocean (GB) [126] in his final career start.

Earlier this season, Cracksman won the Investec Gr1 Coronation Cup and the G1 Prix Ganay – Prix de l’Inauguration de ParisLongchamp .

Winx, meanwhile, completed the year by winning the Ladbrokes Cox Plate (G1) for a record fourth time. She has now won 29 consecutive races.

But it seems the Aussies are not chuffed about their superstar sharing the honours with Frankel’s champion son.

 The top ten Longines Rankings per 4 November 2018:
Rank Horse Rating Trained
1 CRACKSMAN (GB) 130 GB
1 WINX (AUS) 130 AUS
3 GUN RUNNER (USA) 128 USA
4 POET’S WORD (IRE) 127 GB
4 ROARING LION (USA) 127 GB
6 ACCELERATE (USA) 126 USA
6 BEAUTY GENERATION (NZ) 126 HK
6 CRYSTAL OCEAN (GB) 126 GB
9 ENABLE (GB) 125 GB
10 ALPHA CENTAURI (IRE) 124 IRE
10 BATTAASH (IRE) 124 GB
10 JUSTIFY (USA) 124 USA

The Punters. Com website has a dig

They write that our friends at the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings have done it again, denying Winx her place as the outright best horse in the world.

The latest release of the single-performance ratings has seen Cracksman’s Champion Stakes win rated as 130 – the same number given to Winx’s peak performance in 2018 in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in April.

Cracksman (pictured) defeated Crystal Ocean – who sits equal sixth on the rankings with a best rating of 126 – by six lengths in the Gr1 Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 20.

The latest rankings release will no doubt stoke the same fire that raged when UK racing personality Matt Chapman said the general consensus in Europe was Winx wasn’t beating much in her winning streak, which extended to 29 wins with her record-breaking fourth Cox Plate.

Winx having to share the mantle as world’s best is offset by the fact that the ratings gurus still have her as comfortably the best female equine going around.

Get the full rankings here

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3 comments on “Winx Shares – But Aussies Not Pleased

  1. pmb says:

    if it was a vote on which horse was horse of the year at this stage-.Cracksman would be 3rd behind Winx and Enable but that last performance of his deserved the rating and the position…he was awesome

  2. Graham says:

    Let them race…….Probably the most lucrative title fight in the history of any sport. Two colossal betting continents collide……One of the great champion milers of our time out of a champion miler against a multiple champion filly from Australia who has not lost yet and what about Enable ?…..race on or must the record prevail………

  3. Wayne says:

    Winx has lost multiple races

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