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Winx, Payne & The Prince Hog Gr1 Headlines
Winx first, daylight second
The Spring Carnival of 2015/16 will always be remembered for the victory of Michelle Payne riding Prince of Penzance in the Melbourne Cup, writes Renée Geelen.
To become the first female jockey to win the Cup is a wonderful good news story for racing. And with over half of apprentices being female, this should be just the first of many. Prince of Penzance (NZ) also marked the first antipodean-bred winner since Shocking (AUS) in 2009; and as such was a great relief for the local breeding industries.
But the really big news this season was the emergence of a new champion, Winx.
Across Australia and New Zealand, there were 94 Gr1 races won by 77 individual horses. Winx topped the list with five victories – basically all the big ones. In the spring, she won in Sydney (the time honoured Epsom Handicap), then travelled to Melbourne for her decisive victory in the WS Cox Plate. In the autumn, she won the Chipping Norton Stakes, George Ryder Stakes and Doncaster Handicap in succession before a minor ailment put her out for the winter. Her story continues…
Over the season, the other standout gallopers were Chautauqua who won three local Gr1 races (Manikato Stakes, Lightning Handicap, TJ Smith) before heading to Hong Kong to represent Australia. From an impossible position, he flew home to collect victory in the Gr1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize and make it four Gr1s for the season.
Three other horses won a trio of Gr1 races, headlined by another international star. Buffering travelled far and wide to win the AJ Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley, before winning Perth’s Winterbottom Stakes. And then the big one – a trip to Dubai in March where he won the Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint.
Among the other horses to feature in the ANZ Gr1 winners list this season with three Gr1 victories are Preferment (Turnbull Stakes, Australian Cup, BMW Stakes); and Kawi (Hawkes Bay Makfi Challenge Stakes, Zabeel Classic, Thorndon Mile).
A further seven horses won two local Gr1 races. Buffering, with his international victory, has already been mentioned. The others were: Xtravagant, Turn Me Loose, Tarzino, Flamberge, Julinsky Prince and Volkstok’n’barrell.
Of the 77 Gr1 winners, 41 were sold at auction, ranging from Yankee Rose’s A$10,000 to Heroic Valour’s NZ$400,000. The average price came in at just over $125,000, a statistic that should buoy buyers who may think finding a Gr1 winner is out of reach.
The 94 Gr1 races fell to the progeny of 56 different stallions, led of course by Australian Champion Sire of 2015/16 Street Cry – who collected five Gr1s thanks to Winx and another courtesy of Stay With Me.
Even though Street Cry is the first non-Australian born stallion to win the Sires Championship in the last ten years, the signs are still strong for our breeding industry with many locally bred stallions featuring on this list. Chasing him in 2015/16 were the AUS-bred stallions Not a Single Doubt, Written Tycoon, Fastnet Rock, Lonhro, Encosta de Lago, Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel, Sebring and Choisir.
In New Zealand, the picture looks equally as healthy with four of the top five stallions born in New Zealand or Australia. Savabeel (AUS) picked up the championship – his second – from Darci Brahma (NZ), while Iffraaj (GB), Pins (AUS) and Tavistock (NZ) rounded out the top five.
This season we found a champion, Winx, and the general strength of the local industry was shown across several important benchmarks.
Congratulations to the connections of each of 2015/16’s Australian and New Zealand Gr1 winners, which you'll find below in date order of the 94 events.
HELPFUL USER HINTS: Click on any Gr1 race to enter the Gr1 review section, either in the listing below, or from the index on the left of this page. From there you can easily navigate backwards and forwards using the navigation bar at the top left or right of the section. To find a particular winner or Gr1 race, press either Command or Control, and the letter F, enter the name, and press Return. For the latest news on any Gr1 winners simply click on the black panel beneath their race image. Where you see an arrow on an image, click to watch video footage of the race. All adverts, including starbursts, are also live portals to their respective websites.
- GR1 MEMSIE S.BOBAN (AUS) 2009
- GR1 MAKFI CHALLENGE S.KAWI (NZ) 2010
- GR1 GOLDEN ROSE S.EXOSPHERE (AUS) 2012
- GR1 MAKYBE DIVA S.FAWKNER (AUS) 2007
- GR1 GEORGE MAIN S.KERMADEC (NZ) 2011
- GR1 UNDERWOOD S.MOURINHO (AUS) 2007
- GR1 SIR RUPERT CLARKE S.STRATUM STAR (AUS) 2011
- GR1 AJ MOIR S.BUFFERING (AUS) 2007
- GR1 LIVAMOL CLASSICADDICTIVE HABIT (NZ) 2009
- GR1 EPSOM H.WINX (AUS) 2011
- GR1 FLIGHT S.SPEAK FONDLY (AUS) 2012
- GR1 METROPOLITAN H.MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) 2010
- GR1 TURNBULL S.PREFERMENT (NZ) 2011
- GR1 SPRING CHAMPION S.VANBRUGH (AUS) 2012
- GR1 CAULFIELD S.CRITERION (NZ) 2010
- GR1 TOORAK H.LUCKY HUSSLER (AUS) 2009
- GR1 CAULFIELD GUINEASPRESS STATEMENT (AUS) 2012
- GR1 THOUSAND GUINEASSTAY WITH ME (AUS) 2012
- GR1 CAULFIELD CUPMONGOLIAN KHAN (AUS) 2011
- GR1 MANIKATO S.CHAUTAUQUA (AUS) 2010
- GR1 WS COX P.WINX (AUS) 2011
- GR1 WINDSOR PARK P.JULINSKY PRINCE (NZ) 2009
- GR1 MYER CLASSICPOLITENESS (AUS) 2010
- GR1 LKS MACKINNON S.GAILO CHOP (FR) 2011
- GR1 COOLMORE STUD S.JAPONISME (AUS) 2012
- GR1 VICTORIA DERBYTARZINO (NZ) 2012
- GR1 MELBOURNE CUPPRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) 2009
- GR1 VRC OAKSJAMEKA (AUS) 2012
- GR1 DARLEY CLASSICDELECTATION (AUS) 2011
- GR1 EMIRATES S.TURN ME LOOSE (NZ) 2011
- GR1 NZ TWO THOUSAND GUINEASXTRAVAGANT (NZ) 2012
- GR1 NZ ONE THOUSAND GUINEASRISQUE (NZ) 2012
- GR1 WINTERBOTTOM S.BUFFERING (AUS) 2007
- GR1 RAILWAY S.GOOD PROJECT (AUS) 2011
- GR1 CAPTAIN COOK S.JULINSKY PRINCE (NZ) 2009
- GR1 KINGSTON TOWN CLASSICPERFECT REFLECTION (AUS) 2012
- GR1 ZABEEL CLASSICKAWI (NZ) 2010
- GR1 RAILWAY S.RYAN MARK (NZ) 2010
- GR1 LEVIN CLASSICDUKEDOM (NZ) 2012
- GR1 TELEGRAPH H.ADVENTADOR (NZ) 2008
- GR1 THORNDON MILEKAWI (NZ) 2010
- GR1 CF ORR S.SUAVITO (NZ) 2010
- GR1 WAIKATO SPRINTXTRAVAGANT (NZ) 2012
- GR1 HERBIE DYKE S.VALLEY GIRL (NZ) 2012
- GR1 LIGHTNING S.CHAUTAUQUA (AUS) 2010
- GR1 CHIPPING NORTON S.WINX (AUS) 2011
- GR1 FUTURITY S.TURN ME LOOSE (NZ) 2011
- GR1 OAKLEIGH P.FLAMBERGE (AUS) 2009
- GR1 BLUE DIAMOND S.EXTREME CHOICE (AUS) 2013
- GR1 WFA S.VOLKSTOK'N'BARRELL (NZ) 2011
- GR1 AUSTRALIAN GUINEASPALENTINO (AUS) 2012
- GR1 NEW ZEALAND DERBYRANGIPO (AUS) 2012
- GR1 RANDWICK GUINEASLE ROMAIN (AUS) 2012
- GR1 CANTERBURY S.HOLLER (AUS) 2012
- GR1 DIAMOND S.HEROIC VALOUR (AUS) 2013
- GR1 COOLMORE CLASSICPEEPING (AUS) 2011
- GR1 NEWMARKET H.THE QUARTERBACK (AUS) 2010
- GR1 AUSTRALIAN CUPPREFERMENT (NZ) 2011
- GR1 NEW ZEALAND S.VOLKSTOK'N'BARRELL (NZ) 2011
- GR1 AUCKLAND CUPEL SOLDADO (NZ) 2006
- GR1 RANVET S.THE UNITED STATES (IRE) 2010
- GR1 GEORGE RYDER S.WINX (AUS) 2011
- GR1 ROSEHILL GUINEASTARZINO (NZ) 2012
- GR1 GOLDEN SLIPPER S.CAPITALIST (AUS) 2013
- GR1 GALAXY H.GRIANTE (AUS) 2010
- GR1 NEW ZEALAND OAKSFANATIC (NZ) 2012
- GR1 WILLIAM REID S.FLAMBERGE (AUS) 2009
- GR1 BMW S.PREFERMENT (NZ) 2011
- GR1 VINERY STUD S.SINGLE GAZE (AUS) 2012
- GR1 SIRES' PRODUCE SYANKEE ROSE (AUS) 2013
- GR1 AUSTRALIAN DERBYTAVAGO (NZ) 2012
- GR1 TJ SMITH S.CHAUTAUQUA (AUS) 2010
- GR1 DONCASTER H.WINX (AUS) 2011
- GR1 MANAWATU SIRES' PRODUCE S.LUNA ROSSA (NZ) 2013
- GR1 AUSTRALIAN OAKSSOFIA ROSA (NZ) 2012
- GR1 SYDNEY CUPGALLANTE (IRE) 2011
- GR1 QUEEN OF THE TURF S.AZKADELLIA (NZ) 2011
- GR1 QUEEN ELIZABETH S.LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) 2010
- GR1 NZ THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS' S.PERFECT FIT (NZ) 2011
- GR1 CHAMPAGNE S.PRIZED ICON (AUS) 2013
- GR1 ALL AGED S.ENGLISH (AUS) 2012
- GR1 EASTER S.SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ) 2011
- GR1 SCHWEPPES OAKSABBEY MARIE (AUS) 2012
- GR1 ROBERT SANGSTER CLASSICPRECIOUS GEM (AUS) 2009
- GR1 BTC CUPMALAGUERRA (AUS) 2011
- GR1 SOUTH AUSTRALIAN DERBYHOWARD BE THY NAME (AUS) 2012
- GR1 DOOMBEN CUPOUR IVANHOWE (GER) 2010
- GR1 GOODWOOD S.BLACK HEART BART (AUS) 2010
- GR1 DOOMBEN TEN THOUSAND S.MUSIC MAGNATE (NZ) 2011
- GR1 STRADBROKE H.UNDER THE LOUVRE (AUS) 2010
- GR1 QUEENSLAND OAKSPROVOCATIVE (NZ) 2012
- GR1 QUEENSLAND DERBYEAGLE WAY (AUS) 2012
- GR1 JJ ATKINS S.SACRED ELIXIR (NZ) 2013
- GR1 TATTERSALL'S TIARAMISS COVER GIRL (AUS) 2011