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Mighty Winx wins record fourth Cox Plate

30 October, 2018, 15:31 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Hugh Bowman riding Winx galloping during Breakfast with the Best at Moonee Valley racecourse on Tuesday

The Chris Waller-trained horse beat Benbatl, with Humidor - who almost caused an upset over Winx in last year's Cox Plate - finishing back in third.

Once jockey Hugh Bowman released the brakes at the top of the straight, the crowd erupted as the Chris Waller trained mare powered to the line to record a two lengths win over the England raider Benbatl ($10).

THE queen of the turf has a fourth Cox Plate jewel in her crown.

There had been speculation Team Winx might retire the great mare after her famous fourth Cox Plate but both men said no decision on her future would be made until later this year.

The 29th consecutive win and the 22nd at Group One level helped push Winx's earnings to over $22.9 million - a remarkable return on the $230,000 she cost owners Peter Tighe, Richard Treweeke and Debbie Kepitis at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

It was the Chris Waller-trained seven-year-old's 29th win on the trot and her 22nd win at Group One level, seeing her leave three-time Cox Plate victor Kingston Town in her wake. "The electricity that came through my body when I turned into the home straight. I'm lost for words", Bowman told Channel Seven.

"I really felt it this week, I will be honest with you more than I have before". On Thursday I rang a few close mates to have a bit of a chat, I just try to do things to keep my mind occupied.

OVER 1000 punters arrived track-side at Ferguson Park this afternoon for the Cox Plate Day races.

"I haven't given up on a big bet yet", he said. "I was looking for Humidor coming off her back and seeing how the others were travelling but she had them covered a long way from home".



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