Why Winx isn't in the Melbourne Cup

The world’s highest-ranked horse has won 29 races in a row, including four consecutive Cox Plates, but has never contested a Melbourne Cup and has never run beyond 2400 metres.

Having amassed nearly $23 million in prize money and earned herself the title of world’s best thoroughbred, Winx hasn’t got anything else to prove.

Her trainer Chris Waller will have three runners – Who Shot Thebarman, Youngstar and Finche – while jockey Hugh Bowman will ride English horse Marmelo.

The mare has not been beaten since April 2015 and whether she returns in the autumn has yet to be decided, but her spring campaign is certain to mean she becomes the first four-time winner of the Australian Horse of the Year title.

Age doesn’t seem to be a problem with the gelding winning the Sydney Cup, Australia’s only other Grouop One race over 3200m, earlier this year.

The topweight on Tuesday is Caulfield Cup winner Best Solution who has 57.5kg in his bid to give Godolphin and trainer Saeed bin Suroor a first win.

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