Winx unstoppable on way to Cox Plate trifecta

Oct 30, 2017, 01:46
Winx unstoppable on way to Cox Plate trifecta

And it hasn't stopped local administrators throwing their hat in the ring to lure Winx, which extended her winning run to 22 races when equalling Kingston Town's three Cox Plate successes.

Waller and Winx's owners were still basking in the glow of a heart-stopping third Cox Plate win on Sunday, stressing it was not a fait accompli the horse would embark on a European campaign next year which could take in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. She took her earnings past $15.5 million Australian (about $11.9 million), which is more than three-time Melbourne Cup victor Makybe Diva's Australian prize-money record of $14.5 million Australian.

Winning jockey Hugh Bowman said afterwards: "I just can't explain, really".

Trained by the late TJ Smith, Kingston Town was ridden by a different jockey for each of his three Cox Plate wins: Johnston (1980), Ron Quinton (1981) and Peter Cook (1982).

"We are in the presence of greatness and she will be recognised as one of the greatest horses to have graced the Australian turf".

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.

Winx has won the Cox Plate for a third consecutive time.

"She's the type of horse that you dream of". 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.

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.

"You never know what is going to happen on a racetrack and it was great to see her moving forward in that normal style, but gee, Humidor gave us a hell of a fight".

Earlier in the day the mare appeared relaxed and calm as she was brought to her stall to prepare for the run.

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

The Cox Plate is Australia's leading weight-for-age race. They got beaten by a good horse.

"She's an animal that we love and horses come first in this sport".

In the lead-up to today's race Waller told that Winx was a "heavenly gift".