Why we cannot say WINX is the best ever

Looks like it has finally "hit the fan".

Jockey Hugh Bowman, Winx and trainer Chris Waller celebrate the win at Randwick Racecourse on 13 April, 2019. Photo: Brook Mitchell

Jockey Hugh Bowman, Winx and trainer Chris Waller celebrate the win at Randwick Racecourse on 13 April, 2019. Photo: Brook Mitchell

According to reports, Aquis Farm has announced it will not race any of its 70 horses in Queensland until "a number of integrity issues are resolved and it sees a return to what it would regard as a level playing field".

The decision obviously refers to recent media reports of the lack of action of several outstanding charges concerning trainer Ben Currie.

To be fair to Mr Currie his legal team has been able to obtain a stay of proceedings via the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, but the Queensland Trainers Association spokesman is reported as saying "the frustration levels of owners and trainers have reached breaking point stressing it would appear the QRIC seemed unable to gather quality evidence and present a strong and viable case".

Surely the suggestion in some media outlets that WINX is definitely the best horse to ever race in Australia is "tongue in cheek".

There is no doubt she is a champion, but the best ever?

Comments such as these should be proceeded by "in my personal opinion" because no one on this earth can prove one champion is better than any other.

In Black Caviar and WINX's case I think master trainers Peter Moody and Chris Waller played a huge part in their careers placing them to perfection.

A lesser trainer may have raced them in some of the rich handicaps where they would have received huge weights which may have shortened their careers and seen them beaten by good horses with a big weight advantage.

Peter Moody is quoted as saying the reason he kept Black Caviar to sprinting was because she was such a heavy mare she may have broken down with the extra work load and Hugh Bowman said on Saturday he thought WINX could have won a Melbourne Cup, but at what cost?

She probably would not still be racing if connections went down that path.

Some of the things champs of old performed would not even be attempted today.

On two occasions Carbine started twice on the same day at Randwick in WFA events and won the four races.

He also won a Melbourne cup carrying 66kg.

Phar Lap performed a feat in 1931 which will never be attempted. He won the Cox Plate, a week later he won the WFA McKinnon Stakes on the 1st day of the Melbourne Spring Carnival, then on the Tuesday won the two mile Melbourne Cup carrying 63kg, backed up on the Thursday and won the mile Lithgow Stakes and then on Saturday, the final day, won the Fisher Plate over 10 furlongs.

Bart Cummings correctly said: "Champions don't deserve to be compared only recognised".

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