Winx storms to historic third consecutive Cox Plate win


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.

Chris Waller reported Winx emerged from her historic Cox Plate three-peat in fine order, the champion mare enjoying a trip to the beach on Sunday morning.

The victory also elevated the six-year-old to the top of Australia's list of all-time Stakes earners with more than A$15.5 million now in the bank.

Jockey Hugh Bowman was caught wide in the early stages before easing Winx to settle fifth in the running line.

"She's made history. I was born the year Kingston Town won his first Cox Plate and she has emulated the great".

"She will will be recognised as one of the greatest horses to grace the Australian turf and to be a part of her career, I can't explain how much that means". And you know trying to compare one horse to another, they are always different animals at the end of the day, be but we are in the presence of greatness as you said. Three more successive wins will put her equal with that unbeaten mare's record 25 straight victories.

Bowman said former Kiwi trainer Chris Waller deserved all the credit for guiding Winx on career that has netted an Australian record 15 group one wins. "If she's still racing in Australia next year, we want her at the Valley".

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But despite Winx's incredible performance, one record she has yet to beat is the fastest time on the 2040m sprint. We will just look at her and see how she has recovered.

"Jo Taylor and the staff said she's fantastic, so that was music to my ears".

"Fortunately we got the upper hand and yeah, well done to the connections of all runners".

The mare started the race as the shortest Cox Plate favourite since Phar Lap in 1931.

Lucky Hussler is trained at Weir's Warrnambool base and the leading trainer was expecting a good showing at his fourth run of the campaign.

Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club have also pitched the idea of Winx racing in next year's The Everest - Waller holds a slot in the $10million race - as the pursuit to host worldwide racing's most marketable asset heats up.

"She does love it here, there's no doubt about that", he said.