WINX RETURNS A WORLD CLASS FIGURE
Winx's Doncaster Mile victory has well and truly stamped her as one of the best Mare's we've seen race in Australia. She returned a 111.5 WFA Performance Rating, which sits along side her 113 Cox Plate rating as two genuine world class performances within the last 6 months.
The fast pace established by Vergara set the race up to be a brutal test of 1600m and Winx's stamina came to the fore. She ran an incredibly fast overall time rating (set up by the early pace) and still had quality in her last 200m. There's no doubt in our minds that her best distance is 2000m, so there's prospects for her to run to 113 again and potentially higher before her career is finished.
When we look at Mares in the last 25 years at 1600m or further, only Sunline (116) and Makybe Diva (114) have eclipsed what Winx has produced. Her dominance over Australian opposition right now is so clear cut that her talents deserve to be tested on the world stage.
TAVAGO THE BEST SINCE IT'S A DUNDEEL
He may have been big odds, but Kiwi visitor Tavago has produced a legitimate top class 106.5 rating in winning in the ATC Derby. That's the 2nd best performance in at least the last 15 years, with It's A Dundeel (107.5) the only winner to rate higher.
Tavago was well suited setting just behind a slow speed, but he showed outstanding sustained finishing speed consistent with Group 1 quality. Whether he can do the same on a Good 3 track remains to be seen, but there's absolutely no doubt about the quality in this win.
Tarzino was disappointing beaten 7 lengths, but it's worth noting that his peak is only 103.5, which is 1.5 lengths off the level Tavago went to in this race. So the reality is that even if Tarzino was up to his best or ran to a marginal new peak, he still would have been beaten by Tavago.
A 107.8 WFA Performance Rating is not the best we've ever seen from Chautauqua (his peak is 111), but visually it was perhaps his most stunning victory. He looked to be giving an impossible start at the top of the straight and even with 200m to go he still had plenty to do. However he has a rare ability to sustain top class closing speed and that was well and truly on display as he powered past Fell Swoop and English to win easily in the end by 1.3 lengths.
A 107.8 rating is a genuine top class performance, but at least a length below what we would consider a world class sprinting performance.
YANKEE ROSE REINFORCES THE RATINGS
WFA Performance Ratings have been the leading force in 2YO assessment this season with no better example than Yankee Rose. We were out on a limb before the Golden Slipper declaring that her 2YO Open win back in November 2015 ranked her as the 2nd best 2YO in the Country, but she has now well and truly justified that. She ran a close 2nd in the Golden Slipper at big odds when first up from a spell and then dominated the Sires Produce field on Saturday, beating Godolphin Colt Telperion by 2.5 lengths, with a further 2 lengths to Faraway Town.
Yankee Rose returned a 104.1 WFA Performance Rating in the Sires Produce, marginally up on her 103.6 rating in the Golden Slipper. She has been narrowly pipped by Capitalist (104.7) as the 2nd best 2YO in Australia, but she's clearly 3rd best and well clear of any other 2YO Filly.
OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES
- Jameka 101.6 - Marginally up on her 101 Oaks win.
- Libran 99.2 - Puts him right up there among the top Sydney Cup chances with 52kg, but will need to improve a little to beat the likes of Who Shot Thebarman and Grand Marshal.
- Astern / El Devino 97.5 - They may become better 3YO's, but they're "B Grade" as far as 2YO's go.