Winx wins 22nd straight race, taking the Cox Plate 2017

by Susie Olson October 30, 2017, 1:44
Winx wins 22nd straight race, taking the Cox Plate 2017

Taking the lead at the turn it looked as though it would be another comfortable win for the Chris Waller-trained fan favourite.

But she then had an unexpected challenge from Group 1 victor Humidor, who had been more than seven lengths behind her in the Group 1 Seppelt Turnbull Stakes three weeks ago.

Winx, the Australian super mare, won Saturday's Group 1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley by holding off a late charging Humidor in the race's final strides.

She joined the legendary Kingston Town as a three time victor of Australia's premier Weight For Age race, extending her winning streak to 22 in a row today.

"I'm lost for words", he said.

And she didn't disappoint, out-classing all opposition in the race.

"To be able to manage an animal like this and bring her back three years in a row to peak on one particular day, I think it goes unnoticed", he said.

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"Jo Taylor and the staff said she's fantastic, so that was music to my ears".

"Trying to compare one horse to another is hard, they're all different, but we are in the presence of greatness". "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". It has been such a build up and they said when we won last year nothing can prepare you for what you are in for next year.

"She hasn't beaten his record, and equalling it I think is a great thing".

Winx, who may compete at England's Royal Ascot meeting next June, is also expected to pass American dirt runner Arrogate as the overall top-rated horse in the world when the next set of World Thoroughbred Rankings compiled by the France-based International Federation of Horseracing Authorities comes out in November.

"You don't have to make her run faster". But trying to compare one horse to another, they're all different.

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

Despite Lucky Hussler's form looking below par on paper, Shinn said trainer Darren Weir was bullish about the gelding's chances pre-race. So along that sequence I have never gone into a race saying we will win today, because you always have to respect what happens on a racetrack.

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