Winx (2011, bay mare, Street Cry (Ire) – Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar (Success Express (USA), bred on Coolmore Hunter Valley for Fairway Thoroughbreds (John Camilleri), Sydney, has been named equal best racehorse of 2018 in the Longines World Best Racehorses just released.
Unbeaten during the year, she has been ranked on 130, the same assessment as the English horse Cracksman, a newcomer this year to Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud at Newmarket UK. Cracksman is by Frankel (Galileo – Kind, by Pivotal). Galileo and Frankel’s maternal grandsire Danehill (USA) were used as visiting sires at Coolmore Hunter Valley.
Second highweight in the Rankings on 128, Accelerate (USA), is by Lookin at Lucky (USA), a sire who visited Coolmore in 2011. He is by Smart Strike, a Mr. Prospector product with exported Australian Noholme in his pedigree, and from a mare by Belong to Me (USA), a dual hemisphere sire who supplied some good winners from visits to Widden.
Equal fourth best is Beauty Generation (NZ), a Hong Kong champion with an Australian pedigree. Foaled in 2012, he is by the Encosta de Lago sire Road to Rock and from Stylish Bel by Bel Esprit. The second dam, Stylish Victory is by Durham Ranger (USA), an imported son of Noholme.