With the Cox Plate to be run this Saturday, we take a look at the horses that may be able to stop the mighty mare continuing her winning streak. Obviously, these horses won’t be contesting this weeks WFA event, but we look at what horses could beat her and the particulars that may be needed for those victories.
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Enable - 3yo Filly
Breeding – Nathaniel x Concentric
Record – 8: 7-0-0
Earnings – 3.8 million Pounds
She is the young gun on the scene in Europe, a recent winner of the Arc in France, with 6 of her 7 wins being at Group One level. She is still only a 3yo in the Northern Hemisphere and the biggest fear is that she will be retired. But her Saudi owner has stated recently that he wishes her to race on into her 4yo season and try and win back-to-back Arcs. She had a beautiful run in transit to win the 2017 edition, put away a couple of stayers that led them up at the top of the straight and her acceleration was breathtaking.
When I say stayers, the horse she followed into the straight was none other than Order of St George who has since come out and won at Group One level and would be the Melbourne Cup favourite had he come here.
The questions remain as to whether the two girls will actually meet, if so it would most likely be in England next summer. Betway in the UK have already framed a few markets, all surrounding what distance the two would meet at if they did. If the race was 1600m they have Winx a dominant favourite @ $1.45 but if the race were over 2000m she goes to outsider at Evens and if they were get out to the mile and a half, Enable is the firm $1.40 favourite.
What a mouth-watering clash it would be, the trouble being that Winx would be almost 7yo by the time they raced, it would be a mighty training effort to get her up for one more season at the top when Enable will most likely be at her career best.
Here is a replay of the Arc De Triomphe from earlier this year.
Arrogate – 4yo Colt
Breeding – Unbridleds Song x Bubbler
Record – 10: 7-1-1
Earnings $17.3 USD
He is currently the world’s top rated horse at a rating of 134 (Winx is second at 132), which is kind of hard to believe as he has been beaten at both starts this season in the US.
Fresh off a Dubai World Cup win, he was spelled and bought back after 4 months, ran 4th in a Group 2 race over 1700m in a field of 5 (shorter than $1.10 in the betting) and then finished runner-up over 2000m a month later. He hasn’t raced since the middle of August, and has his best results on the dirt, so hard to line him up but his Dubai win was outstanding. He had won three consecutive Group Ones in the US including the Breeders Cup Classic and the Pegasus World Cup Invitational before that win in Dubai.
It is doubtful that they will send him to a turf feature in Europe so we may never see him take on our mighty mare, but has he come back well enough this time in to still be judged the world’s best, watch this win From Meydan and then you decide.
Gun Runner – 4yo Colt
Breeding – Candy Ride x Quiet Giant
Record – 17: 10-3-2
Earnings – $5.7 Million USD.
Gun Runner was convincingly beaten into 2nd in the Dubai World Cup earlier this year behind Arrogate, but he was clearly the best of the on-pacers that day and just was left alone in front too early. He has had three runs back this time in and has won all three, all at Group One level on the dirt.
Another that will probably never match up against Winx on the turf but in my opinion, he has now taken over as the best horse in the US, he races at the 1600-2000m best which would set up a great clash with the mare.
Hard to line up these dirt runners and quite honestly, I think they could be improved a length or so with some our top hoops on, but there is no doubting their ability.
Here is a replay of his most recent win in the Woodward Stakes, sat 2nd, surged to the front approaching the straight and absolutely bolted in.
Nothingilikemore – 4yo Gelding
Breeding – Husson x Katisam
Record – 5: 5-0-0
Earnings – $4.7 Million HKD
We travel to Asia for what could be the next big thing. Nothingilikemore resumed on Sunday in his return to the track at Sha Tin after winning his first four races to start his career earlier in the year. Sure, he hasn’t beaten anything at this stage of his career, yesterday’s win was only a class 2, but the ease with which he won Sunday was nothing short of spectacular. He sat just off the speed for the Magic Man, peeled wide at the top of the straight and showed supreme acceleration, Moreira able to sit up with about 100m to go when the margin was about 5 lengths. He has had 4 wins at 1400m and is on track for the Hong Kong Classic Mile in January, a race that won’t fit in with Winx’s programming but if he is to go through undefeated until then and win that big Group 1, he has shown he has the qualities to be a world class miler.
Maybe he could have a brief spell in the paddock and head to the UK for their summer, as a gelding he could have a huge racing career ahead of him.
Watch him, he could be anything. Here is a replay of Sunday’s win.
Ulysses - 4YO Colt
Breeding – Galileo x Sadler’s Wells
Record – 12: 5-3-1
Earnings – 1.42 Million Pounds
Ulysses is another that has been racing well, a recent 3rd in the Arc where he had every possible chance behind Enable, followed that filly everywhere she went but failed to match the acceleration that she showed in the straight.
He is being aimed at the Breeders Cup Turf in the US, he may be able to win that but hard to see him beating the mare at a mile or a mile and a quarter.
Here is his win in the Juddmonte International
Wouldn’t it be one of the great stories if we could send her to the Northern Hemisphere after a third straight Cox plate win, take on the best they have to offer in their back yards and beat them. The question always gets asked are ours as good as there’s when we don’t travel to take them on, but they won’t travel here either?? So, who is scared of who? We all hope Waller and the connections agree after Saturday to put her out for a well-earned break, with the target of dominating the world’s best next year in a northern hemisphere farewell tour of the greatest horse we have ever seen.