In joining Kingston Town as a three-time victor of Australia's most prestigious weight-for-age race, Winx also took her sequence to 22 consecutive victories yesterday.
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. 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.
Winx had to overcome a tough three wide run and sustained a long run from the 800m when Hugh Bowman made a decision to put the pressure on her rival runners.
"She has gone down, she will go down as one of the greatest to grace the Australian turf", Bowman said. And you know trying to compare one horse to another, they are always different animals at the end of the day, be but we are in the presence of greatness as you said. "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".
Six years to the day after Black Caviar won this race, Winx would, if she keeps her winning run alive, break Black Caviar's winning streak record in front of the Queen. Seven horses signed up to race her with Humidor, the 13-1 shot domestically, her toughest challenger. 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. We will just look at her and see how she has recovered.
Trainer Chris Waller said: "It was close, as you would expect in a Cox Plate".
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THE legend of Winx goes from strength to strength, with the mighty mare recording her third successive Cox Plate.
"Fortunately we got the upper hand and yeah, well done to the connections of all runners".
"The beauty of Winx is she makes our job easier", he said earlier this week.
"She does love it here, there's no doubt about that", he said.
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 global racing's most marketable asset heats up.
The mare started the race as the shortest Cox Plate favourite since Phar Lap in 1931.