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Winx deserved Cox Plate win

30 October, 2017, 01:42 | Author: Paula Vaughn
  • Chris Waller will once again team up with Hugh Bowman when Winx races for a third Cox Plate success

"It wasn't an easy victory, she had to be good to fight Humidor", Winx's trainer Chris Waller said after the race.

English horse Folkswood was third, 4-1/4 lengths behind Humidor.

Super mare Winx equalled Black Caviar's 15 Group ones and overtook Makybe Diva's Australasian earnings record with her third victory in a row at Moonee Valley.

Jockey Hugh Bowman needed to give Winx more encouragement than usual, but the Street Cry mare won by a comfortable-enough long neck at the finish in a course-record time of 2:02.94.

Off at 1-9 in the United States wagering pool, Winx became the all-time Australian leader in Group 1 wins and money earned while joining Kingston Town as the Group 1 Cox plate's only three-time victor.

"I am lost for words". The planning of Chris Waller was exceptional again and she has proved how great she is and we have grateful that we own her and grateful that she races here in Australia.

"If she wants to prove herself over all distances The Everest is the race she needs to run in", Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'landys said.

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"Trying to compare one horse to another is hard, they're all different, but we are in the presence of greatness".

'She's a great horse and it's a privilege for me and my family to be part of this'.

"To be able to manage an animal like this and bring her back three years in a row to peak on one particular day, I think it goes unnoticed". It's just the last 400 metres where you expect her to start to show and she did that today. I have had an wonderful career and Winx delivered me my first major group one in this exact race three years ago and she has now delivered me with my only other two.

The Cox Plate is Australia's leading weight-for-age race.

Waller said whatever future plans he had for Winx, she would only run if he felt she was at her very best.

Trainer Darren Weir is now looking forward to a tilt at the Melbourne Cup on November 7. They have run second to a very good horse. So along that sequence I have never gone into a race saying we will win today, because you always have to respect what happens on a racetrack.

Added Tighe: "We said we wanted the world to come to us and a lot of them have done - and we've beaten them".

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