Fangirl the new Winx? We won't hear that again
Fangirl the new Winx? We won't hear that again

Fangirl (cerise) runs second to Think It Over.

Everyone can calm down and take a chill pill.

Fangirl is not the new Winx.

Not that she ever was.

Like tens (maybe hundreds) of thousands of punters, I thought Fangirl was an absolute moral in the Verry Elleegant Stakes, and a few multis went up in smoke.

But she couldn't get the job done despite her $1.30 starting price.

A lot of punters blamed J-Mac for her defeat, but she still had her chance to run down Think It Over, who is a star in his own right.

Regardless of her previous win in the Apollo Stakes, the seemingly endless comparisons to Winx — after her "Winx-like win" — were always overblown.

Fangirl is a superstar on her day — when she gets the right conditions.

A Nash Rawiller ride for the ages! ????

THINK IT OVER takes the G1 Verry Elleegant Stakes – perhaps a fitting win given he took out the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at the champion mare's last Australian run! ????

— World Horse Racing (@WHR) March 2, 2024

But, after Saturday's defeat, she's now been beaten in 17 of her 25 starts.

She's now run in 13 Group 1 races and been beaten in 10 of them.

That's a record certainly not worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as Winx.

The alarm bells were ringing well before the gates opened in the Verry Elleegant.

Firstly, stewards reported Fangirl kicked a rail while walking and sustained a cut to one of her back legs.

She was subsequently passed fit to run.

Then, the annoying and persistent showers, turned the Randwick track from dry to choppy — probably bordering on disgraceful given less than 2mm of rain fell throughout the day.

We know Fangirl needs a bone dry track to produce her best, and she didn't get that.

Winx, on the other hand, could win on any track condition under any race circumstances.

If anything, Fangirl's defeat reminded us all again how great Winx was to deliver "Winx-like" performances every time.

What a horse he is! Storm Boy wins easily in the Skyline Stakes ????

A @GaiWaterhouse1-Bott quinella! ????

— SKY Racing (@SkyRacingAU) March 2, 2024

After Saturday, the two horses everyone should be excited about as the next big things are Storm Boy, and the Kiwi filly, Orchestral.

Storm Boy is a freakish two-year-old who can seemingly get the job done, no matter the circumstances.

He's now won four from four, and he started $1.04 on the totes so the robots love him!

If you include his three trials, the closest any horse has got to him is 1.38 lengths.

He didn't smash them by panels in the Skyline, but he did what he had to in a race he was far from wound up for.

It's going to take an absolute superstar to beat him in the Golden Slipper in three weeks.

Across the ditch, three-year-old filly Orchestral blitzed them in the New Zealand Derby.

An ORCHESTRAL masterpiece!! ????

19.3 per cent of you said that Orchestral would be the best 3YO on the planet this weekend – and it's hard to disagree with you now after she romps home against the boys in the G1 New Zealand Derby! ????????

— World Horse Racing (@WHR) March 2, 2024

She's now won five from eight, and the world is her oyster.

She's now heading to Australia to run in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes and the Group 1 Australian Oaks.

To the Australian fillies preparing to take her on … good luck.

Let's be excited about Storm Boy and Orchestral, but we've all learnt any kind of comparisons to Winx or Black Caviar would be foolish.

■ Matt Williams is News Corp Australia's national racing editor.