CHAMPION mare Winx and Melbourne Cup winner Almandin head the five finalists for the Victorian Racehorse of the Year award.
The Chris Waller mare finished runner-up behind Chautauqua last year but a second straight Cox Plate last October by a record margin has her well placed to go one better.
Her eight-length win over Hartnell at Moonee Valley came two weeks after Winx made light work of a small field — which included Black Heart Bart — in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes.
Racing Victoria announced the finalists for the award on Monday.
The finalists are:
ALMANDIN: 5 starts, 3 wins (1 x Group 1), $4,064,000
BLACK HEART BART: 8 starts, 4 wins (4 x Group 1), 3 placings, $1,442,000
HARTNELL: 3 starts, 1 win (1 x Group 1), 2 placings, $1,192,500
JAMEKA: 9 starts, 2 wins (1 x Group 1), 2 placings, $2,391,250
WINX: 2 starts, 2 wins (2 x Group 1), $2,212,750
The award, which is judged on performances on Victorian racetracks from August 2016 to July 2017 irrespective of where the horse is trained, will be presented at the gala Scobie Breasley Medal ceremony on September 3.
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Originally published as Winx, Almandin top award finalists
Source: sports dailytelegraph