Numbers tell the bare bones of her story. 43 starts, 37 wins, the last 33 of them in succession. A record 25 Group I wins, more than any Thoroughbred in history. Group victories from 1200 meters (about 6 furlongs) to 2200 meters (about 11 furlongs). Four consecutive wins in three different Group I races, including the historic Cox Plate. A three-time Australian Horse of the Year, and virtually guaranteed a fourth such title when the votes are officially tallied. The world's top-rated mare on the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for three consecutive years, and tied with Cracksman for delivering the world's top-rated performance in 2018. The highest-earning racehorse ever, anywhere.
But numbers cannot capture what she meant to fans around the world. As her triumphs mounted, webcasts of her races became must-sees. Europeans longed to see her in action on their turf, and the collective sighs of disappointment when her connections decided against an invasion of Royal Ascot in 2018 could surely be heard on the International Space Station. Americans followed her story with such enthusiasm that in that same year, Winx became the first horse based outside North America to be voted the Secretariat Vox Populi Award as the horse "whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the general public and gained recognition for Thoroughbred racing," as specified in the terms of the award---and this in a year featuring American Triple Crown winner Justify. And Australians knew her simply as "The Queen."
Comparisons between the greats of different eras and different continents are essentially pointless, given the differences in conditions and competition that racing's legends faced. What matters is the privilege of having seen, even in the tiny images of a computer screen, one of the rare Thoroughbreds whose feats transcend nationality, space and time.
Thanks for the memories, Winx.