The sight of September Run ( Exceed And Excel - Pittsburgh Flyer, by Street Cry ) thundering down the Flemington straight six in another dominant last to first performance over the Melbourne Spring Carnival stamped her as a potential freak and almost undoubtedly crowned her as the best current sprinter in Australasia.
Not since the days of "the grey flash" Chautauqua have we seen a sprinter give them all a head start and then pick them up and put them away with such arrogant ease.
The ability to do this oozes Class and extraordinary ability which can only come from superior inherent genes.
Perhaps the most resonating factor watching September Run in victories such as her most recent, the Group 1 Coolmore Classic, was just how much she looked like Winx in physical ( phenotype ) resemblance although colour wise she leans a little more to true bay with Winx more a dark bay or dark brown.
Could she take over from Winx as the next Australian "people's horse". Possibly so.
With her white bridle and similar stature trainer Chris Waller has her very much resembling his former champion mare, perhaps a timely reminder that as one star disappears another arises in it's place.
With 5 wins now from just 8 starts and $1,183,300 already in the kitty as well as achieving Group 1 winning status, September Run is a long way off the lofty achievements of Winx and her 33 consecutive wins from 43 starts including 25 Group 1 wins ( a World Record ) and $26,451,176 in the bin at distances ranging from 1300m to 2200m.
But she has time on her side as a current 3yo given Winx raced through to a 7 year old.
Apart from both being females, having the same trainer, and similar in stature, there are also from a breeding enthusiast's perspective there are two principal pedigree common denominators that link September Run and Winx.
The first of these is that they both hold close-up presences of the highly influential stallion Street Cry in their respective pedigrees.
Street Cry is the sire of Winx hence appearing in her 1st generation and he is the damsire of September Run hence appearing in her 2nd generation.
Given that he places so prominently in the pedigrees of both Winx and September Run then he has got to be of considerable influence in both horses both physically ( via phenotype ) and genetically ( via genotype ).
It could be forces at work in behind Street Cry's pedigree that have most likely shaped these two mares' superior racetrack performance most likely through the likes of Machiavellian and Riverman in particular.
In Winx we have Machiavellian's dam Coup De Folie close-up linebred at 3x3 to Almahmoud through her daughters Cosmah ( dam of Halo ) and Natalma ( dam of Raise The Standard who herself is the dam of Coup De Folie ). This pattern is reinforced in Winx's female pedigree where her granddam Vegas Magic is by Voodoo Rhythm, a son of Northern Dancer, the latter a son of Natalma hence offering the perfect sex-balance to trigger the female presences at play in Machiavellian.
And we should also acknowledge the presence of Riverman in Street Cry. Riverman appears in the pedigree of numerous elite racehorses, females in particular where his presences feature in the likes of Goldikova and Zenyatta to name a couple quickly. He is hugely under-estimated in pedigrees and appears to play a key role in facilitating acceleration or " a turn of foot".
In Sptember Run's pedigree we see things working a little in reverseto the way Winx's genetics have unfolded.
Her Maciavellian influences are coming through her dam Pittsburgh Flyer who also carries Northern Dancer through the latter's son Lyphard.
This complex but well constructed Almahmoud / Natalma pattern within the pedigree of September Run's dam Pittsburgh Flyer was always going to be well-received by September Run's sire Exceed And Excel if for no other reason than it was going to be feeding back to the very breeding core or "engine room" of Exceed And Excel who is bred none other than on a 4x4 reverse-sex cross to Natalma through son Northern Dancer and adding a new sibling in Spring Adieu. How could it fail?
And like Winx, September Run also benefits from the presence of Riverman in Street Cry with the positive traits that he has to offer.
We mentioned a little earlier about September Run and Winx having two pedigree common denominators.
The first of these has been explained above and the second relates to September Run and Winx descending from the same maternal family i.e.Family 5.
Bruce Lowe's Family Numbers has Family 5 as descending from The Massey Mare by Mr Massey's Black Barb - dam unknown.
Tesiopower's Tail Female Lines show Family 5 as far back as Old Ebony, a mare born in 1714 by Basto ( 1702 ) out of an unknown mare.
Old Ebony is shown as Winx 22nd dam and September Run's 24th dam.
Old Ebony had a daughter to Flying Childers named Ebony in 1728.
Ebony had two daughters; Y Ebony ( to Crab in 1742 ) and Y Cartouch ( to Cartouch in 1750 ). From each of these branches did September Run and Winz descend.
Y Ebony was to become the 22nd dam of September Run and Y Cartouch the 20th dam of Winx.
It was not until some considerable time later that Y Cartouch's branch of Family 5 would become 5-b and Y Ebony's branch would become Family 5-h.
So bizzare knowing we would be exploring the feats of two potentially great Australian female Champions of the Turf not knowing in the first instance that they had a little more in common than we first realised.
We will continue to follow the racetrack exploits of September Run with great interest and who knows, if she manages to snare a couple of Everest's like the admirable Redzel then it may become "game on" in terms of giving Winx's lifetime earnings a bit of a scare.
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