Superstar Winx clinches third straight Cox Plate title

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Chris Waller's magnificent daughter of Street Cry took her place alongside three-time Cox Plate victor Kingston Town after she was pressed all the way to the line by the gallant Humidor.

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.

"It would be unfair to decide on her next start today", Waller said on RSN this morning.

"It wasn't an easy victory, she had to be good to fight Humidor", Winx's trainer, Chris Waller, said after the race.

Humidor, fifth in the Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup last week, will now head for the two-mile, Grade 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup on November 7. Who is the other horse? There were obviously moments of concern down the straight, but she's Winx and she finds a way to win like all champions do.

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

Waller may not have to worry about that for another few months, as Winx has just a 40% chance of lining up in the G1 Emirates S. on November 11.

"This morning when I saw her she was picture flawless, and that's when the pressure stopped", Waller said on Saturday.

"She'll only take them on if she's at her best".

"She'll rise to any challenge but I've got to ensure it's not breaking point for her".

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Bowman had nothing but praise for the great mare.

In beating former New Zealander Humidor by a long neck, the six-year-old became only the second horse to win three Cox Plates since its inception in 1922. But we are in the presence of greatness.

"Trying to compare one horse to another is hard, they're all different, but we are in the presence of greatness".

"I've had an incredible career", Bowman added. She has won nine races this year.

The second-placed horse Humidor who put in a very courageous effort is part-owned by former All Black Mark Carter, and his brother Mark and sister Rachel.

"That's why she's not just a winning horse, she's a champion", he said.

Waller admitted Winx, who has now won 22 races in a row, was a sitting duck towards the end. Winx has given her backers more heart palpitations this season, however.

"It was close, as you would expect in a Cox Plate", he said. "But this mare, she's a champ, an absolute champ".

Now that she is Australia's richest-ever racehorse, the A$230,000 paid by part-owner Magic Bloodstock for Winx at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale looks like a colossal bargain. That week was an especially fruitful one for John Camilleri's Vegas Showgirl; a few days later her then-yearling Snitzel colt, now named Boulder City (Aus) and in training with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, topped the Inglis Easter yearling sale at A$2.3-million.

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

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