Matt Chapman has been winding-up the Aussies questioning the form of Winx - as reported widely earlier this week - suggesting that the view abroad was that Winx had been beating 'fairly moderate horses' in Australia.
Her trainer Chris Waller has jumped to the defence of the Aussie mare saying on Australian TV on Wednesday "I've taken those comments in and I was very, very surprised and disappointed to the fact that I think he's a bit of a d***head for saying it really,"
The seven-year-old mare will target a 29th consecutive victory, her 22nd Group 1 success when she bids for a fourth-straight Cox Plate success on Saturday and is best priced 2-7.
Godolphin colt Benbatl is second in the betting at 11-2 to the odds-on shot, and I am a fan of the horse, but I can see the point Chapman was making, he aint the best of the European horses. As an example, Winx beat Youngstar on her last run in the G.1Turnbull Stakes and that filly was subsequently beaten 4½ lengths by Best Solution in the Caulfield Cup the other day.
Best Solution (118) is rated 4lb inferior to his stablemate Benbatl (122). I am not saying the Godolphin colt can beat the ‘wonder mare’ but it does make you scratch your head looking at her atop the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings list and sitting on an OR of 132.For me the mare needs to win and win very convincingly to even be considered up there with the best; let us not forget Benbatl couldn't go with Roaring Lion and Poets Word, both currently 127 in the OR's, in the G.1 Juddmonte.
Apologies to our Antipodean cousins but if you really believe she is the best of the best right now I would have to suggest you're a flaming Galah.