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Who Are The Top Five Horses Winx Defeated In Her Career?

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Winx
The list of horses Winx has defeated is staggering (Getty Images)

An Irish superstar sits at the top of the list...

Winx is without question one of the greatest racehorses of all-time.

33-straight wins including an unprecedented four Cox Plates among 25 Group One wins elevates her above almost every other horse in thoroughbred racing history. 

We never got to see the wondermare ply her trade overseas which leads to the ignorant question of whether or not she defeated anyone noteworthy.

So let's put that silly notion to bed with the five best horses Winx defeated throughout her career.

5. Criterion


Criterion horse
Criterion finished third in the 2015 Melbourne Cup (Getty Images)

35 starts, 7 wins, $7.3 million prize money

The four time Group One winner and 10 time Group One place getter, including an unlucky second to Winx in her first Cox Plate victory.

This chestnut from the Lindsay Park travelled Europe and ran incredibly well in some of Hong Kong's greatest races, not to mention a third in the 2016 Melbourne Cup.

Underrated by many, but a genuine equine star on the track.

4. Benbatl


Benbatl
Benbatl has proved he's a star in multiple countries (Getty Images)

21 starts*, 10 wins, $11.3 million prizemoney

A career still blossoming, this international Godolphin galloper gave Winx a great race in her final Cox Plate, but was a clear second in the run to the line.

He is the winner of three Group Ones including an Australian win, as well as a two-time Group One place getter.

3. Chautauqua


Chautauqua
Cult-figure Chautauqua couldn't overcome Winx (Getty Images)

32 starts, 13 wins, $8.8 million prize money

A sprinting superstar in his time, a six time Group One winner and a 7 time Group One place getter.

He was the victor of three-straight TJ Smith Stakes but was seen finishing third to Winx in the Group One George Ryder Stakes back in 2017.

2. Hartnell


Hartnell
Hartnell is one of Godolphin Australia's finest ever horses (Getty Images)

58 Starts, 13 wins, $7.5 million prize money

Hartnell was a superstar grinder and would be known as a freak of the turf if it was not for Winx.

A four-time Group One winner and 14 time Group One place getter, Hartnell and Winx had a rivalry for the ages.

The 2017 Cox Plate, what was set to be a match race turned into the biggest margin in Cox Plate history with Hartnell back in second.

Oh yes, we forgot to mention he finished second behind the great mare four out of the seven times that they had met.

1. Highland Reel


Highland Reel
Highland Reel is one of the great horses of the 21st century (Getty Images)

27 starts, 10 wins, $14.6 million prize money

The Northern Hemisphere 3YO meeting Winx in her first Cox Plate, an eventual seven time Group One winner on some of the biggest stages in the world.

A renowned traveller of the world's greatest races and now a superstar stallion with gorgeous looks.

He was third to Winx in her first Cox Plate before taking off and proving to be one of the world's best horses.

Would he have given the great mare a race in any Cox Plates? We will never know, but it is hard to dispute his spot as the best horse that Winx has ever defeated.

Winx FAQ

How much was Winx purchased for?

A $230,000 Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase for Magic Bloodstock, Winx has earned her owners Peter Tighe, Richard Treweeke and Debbie Kepitis and their families a record $22.9 million

What was Winx's best win?

Winx's fourth Cox Plate victory which etched her name into racing folklore will be forever remembered as her crowning achievement.

How many races did Winx win in a row?

After winning the 2015 Sunshine Coast Guineas, Winx went on to claim 33-straight wins.

How many Group Ones did Winx win?

Over the course of her career Winx won a record 25 Group One wins, the most of any horse in the world.

Who trained Winx?

Master trainer Chris Waller had the care of Winx and helped her produce her amazing record, ridden by superstar jockey, Hugh Bowman.

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