Racing, Cox Plate: Chris Waller mulls Winx farewell


The brains trust behind Winx won't be rushed into making a decision about whether to call time on her career and 29-race winning streak as she prepares to head to the spelling paddock.

With long-time jockey Hugh Bowman in the saddle, she forged clear on the final bend at the notoriously tight Moonee Valley Racecourse to hold off a courageous fight from second placed British galloper Benbatl.

A crowd of 38,035 packed into the course to witness history as Winx raced to an unprecedented fourth Cox Plate win, surpassing the feat of Kingston Town's three-straight wins in the early 1980s.

For Winx, the mighty mare continues to smash records at every race, having surpassed the previous Australian win record by legendary sprinter Black Caviar in August when she made it 26 in a row at a race named in her honour.

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This was the daughter of Street Cry's 29th-straight victory and her 22nd Gr1 win. I really thought in the build-up to the race I would get quite emotional, I am feeling emotional but the electricity that came through my body when I turned into the home straight just then was something I guess I only get to feel. "I'm lost for words", Bowman told Channel Seven.

"Everyone gets so much joy and pleasure out of the superb ability of this wonderful horse".

"I don't think I need to say anything, Winx has said everything we need to know", Chapman replied. "I cannot say much more, I am gassed".

"I am just so proud of the horse", Hugh Bowman beamed after the race. Winning the Manikato was a bit of a highlight. I'm just so, so proud to be a part of this incredible story. "I was looking for Humidor coming off her back and seeing how the others were travelling but she had them covered a long way from home".