AN English racing pundit who said Winx only wins against “moderate horses” has begged forgiveness from the champion mare’s owners on live TV.
Matt Chapman spoke at the Cox Plate barrier draw and slammed Winx’s competitors, despite the fact she has won now 29 straight races, including 22 group one races.
“It’s hard when you’ve got a whole room of Australians … to tell you exactly what it’s like back home with Winx. Back home we feel Winx is beating fairly moderate horses,” Chapman said.
“Slightly it was proved in the result we saw with Best Solution, where all the horses Winx had been beating were stuffed out of sight. Although it [the Caulfield Cup] was a completely different type of race.”
The commentator cut a more apologetic figure after the Cox Plate and even kissed the feet of Winx owner Debbie Kepitis.
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“Excuse me for a moment I want to take over because there’s a man here that needs to apologise,” Kepitis said.
British racing commentator Mark Chapman asks Winx owner Debbie Kepitis’ forgiveness.Source:Supplied
“You know what he will probably still say Benbatl is not that good at home, Rostropovich he still won’t think she’s the world’s best but my God in my book she is.
“The there you go Matt they came we conquered bring on everything you want to bring. She is amazing and please look at how she does it and appreciate what she’s done. You don’t have to agree.
“You don’t have to say — owe an apology. Just watch and look and see and feel. There you go.”
Mark Chapman kisses the feet of Winx owner Debbie Kepitis.Source:Supplied
Chapman was converted seeing Winx in action.
“I don’t think I need to say anything. Winx has said everything we need to know. She’s not only brilliant. You guys are brilliant for the sport,” Chapman said.
Earlier this week, Winx trainer Chris Waller said Chapman had shown a lack of respect for Winx and Australian racing in general.
“I’ve taken those comments in and I was very, very surprised and disappointed, to the fact that I think he is a bit of a d***head for saying it really,” Waller told SEN.
“You’re in a foreign country, you should have a little bit of respect.
“It’s a bit harsh to say that over the past three-and-a-half years where she has been winning, he is basically saying every horse she has beaten is rubbish.
“Well that just puts a mockery on Australian racing, which is regarded as close to the best in the world.
“I’m sure our punters and followers of racing will be disgusted by those comments.”
Jockey Hugh Bowman and trainer Chris Waller pose with the Cox Plate.Source:Getty Images
Winx has beaten more than 60 individual Group One winners during her winning sequence.
The last English horse to top the world’s best rankings was the incomparable Frankel in 2012.
In 2013, Australian sprinter Black Caviar shared the honour with French filly Treve; the following year Japan’s Just A Way was rated the best and a year later American Pharoah from the United States was on top.
For the past two years American horse Arrogate topped the rankings ahead of Winx who was rated the best horse in the world on turf.
In 2018 she has led the rankings since the beginning of the year.
— with AAP
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