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Who is Australia's greatest race horse?

Just how magnificent was Makybe Diva? (AAP Image/Joe Castro)
Roar Pro
2nd May, 2018

Following my article last week on whether Winx should retire or keep going for wins, it prompted me to ask the question, who is Australia’s greatest racing horse?

There are many horses that you could put to the debate but I have gone for the obvious four, Phar Lap, Makybe Diva, Black Caviar and Winx. So of these for who is the best? Let’s look at the stats

Phar Lap won several big races at home and overseas, including the 1930 Melbourne Cup, two Cox Plates, two Melbourne Stakes plus many international races. What was different about Phar Lap is that he won several races over different distances going from a sprinter to a distance horse over his career.

His victories were legendary and he was such as threat, that he was poisoned to stop him winning. Phar Lap always set the bar for all following horses.

Makybe Diva not only won a Melbourne Cup but three in a row, which is outstanding. She is also the second-highest-earning horse in history with over $14 million of prizemoney to her name. With her historic cup wins she has also won a Cox Plate, the Queens Stakes and several international races.

Black Caviar has an amazing record of 25-0 for Group 1 races including the Australia Stakes, Schweppes Stakes and finishing her career with winning the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in England. She finished her career with earnings of over $7 million in winnings she was inducted into the hall of fame in 2013.

Winx has just equalled Black Caviar record of 25-0 including three Cox Plates, two Queen Elizabeth Stakes, two Apollo Stakes and a Phar Lap Stakes. Although she is yet to go overseas to find success over there she still makes the debate.

With everything that all these horses have done, I really think Makybe Diva, with the three Melbourne Cups in a row and all the prizemoney that she has won, is too good to go past, but that’s just me. I would love to hear your thoughts or any other horses that you consider the best.