Winx makes it 22 straight - just - with Cox Plate win

Javier Stokes
October 30, 2017

Bowman had Winx challenging the leaders on the home turn but just when she skipped clear and looked like recording another easy Cox Plate win, Blake Shinn was able to lift Humidor who made a real race of it in the run to the line.

Super star Winx had to fight out at tough finish to equal Kingston Town's record of three wins in the Group 1 $3m Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley today.

The six-year-old notched her 22nd victory in a row with jockey Hugh Bowman delivering yet another stellar ride atop the crown jewel of Australian racing, with a narrow win over a gallant Humidor, who came close to running down the champ, and Folkswood back in third.

"She's as good as I've seen", Johnston said.

"I have had an fantastic career and Winx delivered me my first major Group 1 in this exact race three years ago, and she has now delivered me with my only other two".

"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". To think that she's emulated the great, you know? "If she's still racing in Australia next year, we want her at the Valley".

Winx, trained in Sydney by expatriate New Zealander Chris Waller, took her earnings to 15,577,000 Australian dollars ($11.96 million), surpassing triple Melbourne Cup victor Makybe Diva's previous Australasian record of A$14.5 million ($11.14 million). She is the type of horse that you dream of.

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

"I was concerned for a moment down the straight but she is Winx", he said.

Bowman is the country's leading Group One jockey, and Waller is Australia's leading Group One trainer. They got beaten by a good horse.

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

Nobody expected it to be this close, but Winx has completed her Ladbrokes Cox Plate three-peat on October 28.

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.

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