Impressive records in racing
As Winx broke the World Record by winning her 23rd Group 1 in the Chipping Norton Stakes, we take a look back at some other impressive records in racing.
Makybe Diva – 3 consecutive Melbourne Cups
This wonder mare etched her name in the history books when winning three consecutive Melbourne Cups in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Considering only 5 horses have won more than one Melbourne Cup in its history stretching over 150 years, this is a feat that may never be eclipsed. After her final Melbourne Cup, her trainer Freedman exclaimed that a feat like this would only be seen again maybe by the youngest person in the crowd – looks good now that Black Caviar and Winx have come out since…
Hurricane Fly – 5 consecutive Irish Champion Hurdles and 9 successive Grade 1 win.
The champion Irish Hurdler currently shares the record with Winx for the most Group/Grade 1 wins in history (22). During his illustrious 10-year career, Hurricane Fly won the Punchestown Hurdle 4 consecutive times (2010-2013), December Festival Hurdle 3 consecutive times (2012-2014, he won it in 2010 too) and the Irish Champion Hurdle a whopping 5 consecutive times (2011-2015).
Kingston Town – 11 wins in a row & 3 consecutive Cox Plates.
The king won his 3 consecutive Cox Plates from 1980-1982 and 11 other group 1 races, including a Rosehill Guineas, (AJC) Australian Derby, Tancred Stakes, Sydney Cup and QLD Derby all in the same year (1980). A true sporting injustice was seen when he ran second in the 1982 Melbourne Cup after Malcolm Johnson got itchy hands too far from the post.
Zenyatta – 19 consecutive wins.
She was one of the best horses to grace the track in US history. 17 of her 19 consecutive wins were at stakes level, including 9 successive Group 1 races (equal second-longest streak) such as the Breeders’ Cup in 2009. She won both the Clement Hirsch Stakes and the Santa Margarita Handicap 3 times in a row from 2008-2010. The latter is now known as the Zenyatta Stakes. Her lone defeat came in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup when shockingly defeated by Blame by only a head.
Camarero – 56 consecutive wins.
The Puerto Rican horse won 73 form his 76 starts (2 seconds) with a record-shattering 56 of those 73 wins coming back to back in the mid-1950s. The tiny colt, weighing just 340kg and standing 14 hands tall (approx. 1.4m) was the first winner of the Puerto Rican Triple Crown in 1954. Despite the fact that in many of his wins no wagers were taken on the horse (due to laws prohibiting bets on short-priced commodities) over 10,000 fans attended his funeral in 1956.
Frankel – 14 consecutive wins (undefeated).
A true modern-day champion who is now becoming a successful sire. Frankel possesses the highest ever Timeform rating of 140 and was ranked the best racehorse the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings Committee has ever assessed. However, these rankings came into question in 2013. What is unquestionable was his dominance on the track, taking out 12 stakes races and the scalps of many high-profile gallopers.
Black Caviar – 25 consecutive wins (undefeated).
Along with Frankel, she is the other undefeated juggernaut of the modern era. 20 of her 25 wins came in stakes class, where she made top-line sprinters such as Buffering and Hay List looks second-rate on a weekly basis. ‘Nelly’ took out the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in the UK when sustaining a grade-four tear to her quadriceps, displaying a tremendous and unparalleled will to win.
Kincsem – 54 consecutive wins (undefeated).
With an unbeaten 54 start record over 4 seasons at distances ranging from 947-4022m, she possesses a record that will never be broken. She decimated all opposition in Hungary, Germany, France and England. Taking out top-class races such as the Austrian Derby, Goodwood Cup and Grand Prix de Deauville. As a broodmare, her bloodlines continue to prove successful with descendants including the Epsom Derby and Irish Derby winner and up and coming sire Camelot.
Winx – 30 (and counting) consecutive wins including 4 Cox Plates.
Any current racing fan will know of her exploits: she’s won 30 consecutive races including 22 at Group 1 level (equal record and 10 straight outright records), defeated well in excess of 50 Group 1 winners over distances ranging from 1300 to 2200m. More modern benchmarking methods have her performances ranked superior to anything we’ve seen. How long can the streak last? And will she step out of WFA company and compete in a Handicap?