Winx creates history in 3rd Cox Plate win

Chris and Stephanie Waller have come along way since going to the same school at Foxton

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.

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

Winx recorded a new track record for the 2040m journey with a winning time of 2:02.94, which was four one hundredths of a second faster than the 2:02.98 she set in winning her first Ladbrokes Cox Plate in 2015.

"We are in the presence of greatness and she will be recognised as one of the greatest horses to have graced the Australian turf". "She's unbeaten for nearly three years now, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't go to bed at night thinking of her getting beaten".

Trained by Chris Waller, Winx is by far Australia's most popular horse and Horse of the Year for the last two years.

"She's an incredible athlete, and firstly, that helps her race so well, and secondly, it helps her recover so quickly as well".

"When you're thinking about the horse and the competition she's going to be up against, whether it be two weeks, whether it be in the autumn or whether it be the other side of the world, she'll only take them on if she's at her very best".

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The school of thought, though, that five runs this spring preparation - more work than her previous Cox Plate lead-ups - was taxing on her was incorrect, as Waller explained.

Winx's trainer Chris Waller congratulated Humidor for running "a very good horse" so close.

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

Bowman is the country's leading Group One jockey, and Waller is Australia's leading Group One trainer.

"Jo Taylor and the staff said she's fantastic, so that was music to my ears". But trying to compare one horse to another, they're all different.

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. "We would love to have her".

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