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Matt Nicholls

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Matt is a newspaper editor by trade but spends his time dwelling about his glory years as an average opening batsman and slow half-back flanker. If he's not flicking between all the sport he can find on TV, he's out trying to lower his handicap on the golf course. He loves writing about horse racing – one of the most intriguing industries in the world.

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Hi James, Balmerino was retired well before I was born. This is a list for the best 20 horses to have raced in Australia over the past 20 years.

The 20 greatest Australian racehorses of the past 20 years

It was extremely tough to split the two. Black Caviar’s venture to Ascot holds huge weight with me, but her inability to be tested at anything above 1200m gave Winx the nod. I don’t count the 1400m attempt as it was a canter.

The 20 greatest Australian racehorses of the past 20 years

Correct. Zipping was a war horse, but just lacked that tiny bit of class that gets you those elite Group 1s. Still a star.

The 20 greatest Australian racehorses of the past 20 years

Thanks Scott. Presentation came up superbly. A strong team effort.

The 20 greatest Australian racehorses of the past 20 years

I like Lloyd, but I wouldn’t have Zipping in the top 30. Efficient a good stayer, but probably a victim of injury. Another major win and he would have been a contender.

The 20 greatest Australian racehorses of the past 20 years

Best sprinter, whereas Winx is best middle distance. And when you consider our middle distance races are worth a lot more, you have to put a higher rating on the middle distance horse. Trust me, it’s no knock to be second to Winx.

The 20 greatest Australian racehorses of the past 20 years

You can only beat who you race and Weekend Hussler blew most rivals away. He was probably ruined by McDonald, who tried to make him into a 2000m+ horse.

Top four horses are mares because they are the top four horses. So You Think would have nudged the top three if he had been allowed to race on.

The 20 greatest Australian racehorses of the past 20 years

I know who Ms Robinson is, but I think you need to do a bit more reading.

Tough questions are lacking in the racing industry

There needs to be the option of life bans. Horse training is a privilege not a guaranteed right. If you don’t want to adhere to the rules, go work somewhere else. In the case of Weir, the use of jiggers are a serious animal welfare breach.

Tough questions are lacking in the racing industry

Kosta definitely has value to the Kings if they are only interested in Ws. He’s no superstar but those are few and far between. If his birth certificate said he was 25 he’d be playing 26-30 minutes a night. Instead he’s dumped for the youth. Which is fine. But it makes no real sense for the Kings, who haven’t played in the post-season for 13 years.

They just need to win. They have enough young talent. Playing Kosta 15 mins a game won’t hurt their direction, it will only help.

Youth is not always the NBA's best policy

Bias is one thing, but have tracks fall apart is another.

In regards to Moonee Valley a few weeks ago, at least it was put on the record that the track wasn’t going to be 100 per cent due to the fact it was still needing time from its winter maintenance schedule. As per usual, it raced perfectly on the weekend when the rail was in the true position.

The problem with Sydney tracks is that they don’t have an even coverage of grass and appear to be sticky, even when it doesn’t rain. It was a warmish winter so I can’t see what the excuse is except they are perhaps in need of a decent break.

Sydney's tracks are simply not up to Group 1 standard

I agree. I only said “worst” because it was the first time out of the placings. Should run a big race tomorrow at better than each-way odds.

Spring is in the air – a look at Saturday's biggest races

Grunt is a good horse, but even Mick Price thinks he’s better suited at Flemington. He’s got class on his side and might be able to power over the top.

Tom Melbourne is a nice horse but couldn’t have him tomorrow.

Keen on Oohood. Looks a nice price.

Spring is in the air – a look at Saturday's biggest races

It’s on too late for me these days, Kanga.

Racing Victoria joins the 21st century, plus five tips for Saturday

Buttery, if you actually go back and look at Phar Lap’s record you’ll find that in his last 23 runs in Australia, 21 of them were at WFA level. The only two handicap races he competed in that period were the 1930 Melbourne Cup (which he won) and the 1931 Melbourne Cup (where he finished 8th, carrying the grandstand).

All trainers avoid handicap races with the best horses because handicappers have no choice but to hammer them with weight.

Winx reminds us why she's the greatest of all time

Still have chills. An amazing horse. A great ride by Hugh Bowman. Made sure Kementari couldn’t get a break on her, but when the whips were cracking the Godolphin horse was left standing and Winx simply gave him windburn. To win 26 races in a row and most of them at the top level is something we will probably never see again in Australia. Amazingly, we could see her win 30 in a row by October as she tackles a Cox Plate campaign.

Punters, we’ve been truly blessed to see an equine champion in the flesh. If you get the chance to see her live, make sure you get to a track and see her so you can tell your kids and grandkids about her. Don’t forget we’ve previewed five races throughout today’s programs at Randwick and Caulfield so jump on here and hopefully find a winner.

That’s it for me today. I’ll go to bed dreaming about Winx.

2018 Winx Stakes: Racing live blog, result

If they didn’t beat her today they won’t beat her again this preparation. What an amazing achievement. To beat Black Caviar’s record on Black Caviar’s birthday was incredible. I still think she’s the best we’ve ever seen.

2018 Winx Stakes: Racing live blog, result

How good is Winx! What a champion. What a freak. 26 wins in a row.

2018 Winx Stakes: Racing live blog, result

Winx and Kementari going stride for stride!

2018 Winx Stakes: Racing live blog, result

Kementari has found an amazing spot in transit. Winx stalking.

2018 Winx Stakes: Racing live blog, result

Here we go. Gates have flown back!

2018 Winx Stakes: Racing live blog, result

Slight delay here due to a saddle adjustment to one of the runners. A massive $164,000 in the NSW tote pool. The punters can’t wait to see Winx run.

2018 Winx Stakes: Racing live blog, result

This strong breeze at Randwick will probably do Winx no harm. She should get cover for most of the race. Expect the leaders to flop in the straight. Kementari could still be the knockout horse. He’s firm in betting at around $6 but better odds if you take BetEasy’s top tote product.

2018 Winx Stakes: Racing live blog, result

The champion mare is $1.20 across the board with all three totes. $1.24 around fixed for her with BetEasy. We are about 90 seconds from race time.

2018 Winx Stakes: Racing live blog, result

Currently logged in from the Duke of Wellington in sunny Melbourne. Well at least it’s sunny for now. Winx looks a real treat. Waller looks nervous, but he always looks a tad nervous when she races. Good chance he’ll shed a tear if she wins today, breaking Black Caviar’s record of 25 wins in a row.

2018 Winx Stakes: Racing live blog, result