Who will be wondermare Winx's first date? A look at the runners and riders
More: https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/b ... ers/375289The remarkable racing career of Australian wondermare Winx comes to an end on Saturday when she contests her last race, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick. But as one chapter closes, another begins and speculation is now rife as to which stallion will be appointed for her first mating.
Connections have remained tight-lipped about the seven-year-old's future in the paddocks, although her co-owners have indicated they are hoping to breed from her themselves.
"How could you sell a national treasure?" Peter Tighe remarked at the Longines-sponsored World's Best Racehorse ceremony in January, where Winx was recognised as the joint-highest rated performer of 2018 alongside Cracksman. "She's a national treasure in Australia.
We might not know the identity of which horse Tighe and his co-owners deem to be Mr Right, but we can safely assume it will be a blue-chip stallion with a high profile and a correspondingly expensive fee, earned through their achievements at stud, on the track or both.
Aside from that, all options are open. And there really are plenty of options, because Winx's pedigree makes her so easy to mate; she is by the late shuttle stallion Street Cry, who was by Machiavellian out of a mare by Troy, and the sires of her first three dams are Al Akbar, Voodoo Rhythm and Sovereign Edition.
Extraordinarily, considering his ubiquity in Australian thoroughbred families, Danehill is nowhere to be seen on her page. Nor are the likes of Green Desert, Last Tycoon, Sadler's Wells or Zabeel.
Narrowing down the field of Winx's potential suitors is a tough assignment, then, but the most obvious place to start is Australia's leading stallions by progeny earnings of 2018/19.