Winx wins third straight Cox Plate but Humidor provides mighty scare
Oct 30 2017
Winx won her third straight Cox Plate to tie the record of the great Kingston Town, but an incredible challenge from Humidor had punters on the edge of their seat.
"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 victory also elevated the six-year-old to the top of Australia's list of all-time Stakes earners with more than A$15.5 million now in the bank.
Jockey Hugh Bowman said following the race he was "lost for words" but they were "in the presence of greatness".
Directly on the Emirates, Waller added: "Whether she has another run this prep, when she goes overseas - if she goes overseas - it'll all unfold and be pretty obvious I would say".
Trained by the late TJ Smith, Kingston Town was ridden by a different jockey for each of his three Cox Plate wins: Johnston (1980), Ron Quinton (1981) and Peter Cook (1982).
'She's a great horse and it's a privilege for me and my family to be part of this'.
"You never know what is going to happen on a racetrack".
"She hasn't beaten his record, and equalling it I think is a great thing".
Winx returned $2.10 in the USA win and place pools and won with a time of 2:02.98, setting a new record (and eclipsing her previous mark in the race). "If she's still racing in Australia next year, we want her at the Valley".
"We'll be throwing everything at her to get her back for a fourth Cox Plate", Moonee Valley chief executive Michael Browell said.
Waller said whatever future plans he had for Winx, she would only run if he felt she was at her very best.
She moved menacingly to the front rounding the home turn and while Humidor briefly threatened to cause a huge upset, finishing strongly in the closing stages of the 10-furlong contest, Winx had enough in reserve to hold him at bay. They have run second to a very good horse.
"She's an animal that we love and horses come first in this sport".
Bowman told www.racing.com: "It's hard to explain really".