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

30 October, 2017, 01:42 | Author: Regina Lloyd
  • Chris and Stephanie Waller have come along way since going to the same school at Foxton

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 was born the year that Kingston Town (the other three-time victor of the Cox Plate) won his first Cox Plate and to think that she has emulated the great ... trying to compare one horse to another, they are always different animals at the end of the day, but we are in the presence of greatness".

The win takes the Chris Waller-trained mare to first on the all-time leading prizemoney earners for Australian racehorses, eclipsing the $15 million mark, as well as her 15th Group 1 victory.

Winx had to overcome a tough three wide run and sustained a long run from the 800m when Hugh Bowman chose to put the pressure on her rival runners.

"I am lost for words".

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

Australian supermare Winx has done it again.




"She's that little bit harder to get fit and maintain that fitness, because she's an older, more mature horse".

"She finds a way to win like all champions do". We will just look at her and see how she has recovered.

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.

"Fortunately we got the upper hand and well done to connections of all runners, they have run second to a very good horse".

Only 11 horses have won more successive races than Winx's 22, several of them in lower-level racing jurisdictions and against less-than-top quality opposition.

The mare started the race as the shortest Cox Plate favourite since Phar Lap in 1931.

"I'm not there myself but Jo Taylor and the staff said she's fantastic so that was music to my ears".

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