Winx storms to historic third consecutive Cox Plate win

Chris Waller will once again team up with Hugh Bowman when Winx races for a third Cox Plate success

"I was born the year that Kingston Town (the other three-time victor of the Cox Plate) won his first Cox Plate and to think that she has emulated the great ... trying to compare one horse to another, they are always different animals at the end of the day, but we are in the presence of greatness".

Winx also overtook Makybe Diva as Australia's highest stakes earner ($15.6 million) when she held off Humidor in a closer-than-expected finish at Moonee Valley.

"I'm lost for words, she's just made history", Bowman said.

"She's a lot stronger - as a rough guide, her first Cox Plate she was 505kg, her second Cox Plate she was 515kg, and yesterday she was about 526kg".

"She 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". I don't know if there is a right way to train Winx or not, but one thing I'll tell you is she'll rise to any challenge you give her. Three more successive wins will put her equal with that unbeaten mare's record 25 straight victories.

Winx edged Humidor to win the $2.3 million Cox Plate by a half-length for her 22nd consecutive win.

Winx began to improve her position from the 900m and had the lead on the turn with Humidor the only horse giving chase.

Six years to the day after Black Caviar won this race, Winx would, if she keeps her winning run alive, break Black Caviar's winning streak record in front of the Queen.

He will aim for another with Humidor who ran fifth in last week's Caulfield Cup and backed up because the trainer was unhappy with how he was ridden.

"Fortunately we've never gone run one too far and fortunately we've got a horse that's come back and rewarded us each and every preparation".

"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.

Waller had said that there was "a bit of confidence" going into the race, with Winx rated a $1.15 chance to defeat the other eight in the field. They got beaten by a good horse.

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

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



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