'In The Presence Of Greatness': Winx Battles To History In Cox Plate

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

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

Winx won her 22nd successive race by taking out the 2,040-meter weight-for-age event, rated by many as the top-quality race in Australia and New Zealand.

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.

The win also continues the thoroughbred's 22 strong victory streak, having lost just three times throughout her 32 start career.

Her turn at the Cox Plate makes her just the second horse to achieve a triple back-to-back title, after Kingston Rule did so in 1980, 1981 and 1982. "She will be recognized 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. I have had an unbelievable career and Winx delivered me my first major group one in this exact race three years ago and she has now delivered me with my only other two.

Waller said while her greatness is heralded by 26 wins, over $15.6million in stakes, and 15 Group 1 successes, he said she recovers like a superior horse, too.

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

"She finds a way to win like all champions do".

Trainer Chris Waller said: "It was close, as you would expect in a Cox Plate".

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

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.

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

Starting a prohibitive favourite at $1.15 Winx held off Humidor to win by a long neck with Godolphin's English-trained Folkswood third.

Trainer Chris Waller is due to fly into Melbourne on Tuesday to make a decision on whether the three-time victor of Australasia's weight-for-age championship will have a spring carnival swansong in the Emirates Stakes at Flemington in a fortnight.

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

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