WINX stands head and shoulders above her rivals, and one TAB punter in Australia is so confident she can win a third straight WS Cox Plate he has placed a whopping $106,500 (about R1,13-million) on the mighty mare for Saturday’s race at Mooney Valley in Melbourne.

The punter has unloaded on Winx at $1.15 to notch her 22nd consecutive win and claim the Cox Plate for a potential collect of $122,475. It is the biggest bet the TAB has ever taken on Chris Waller’s superstar.

Despite the massive wager, the TAB has kept Winx at $1.15, the shortest favourite for the great race since Phar Lap ($1.07) in 1931.

“The wonder mare is currently $1.15 to win the race for the third time, with only Phar Lap having won at a shorter price — $1.07 in 1931 and $1.14 in 1930,” said Nick Quinn of TAB.

The popularity of Winx has Moonee Valley a sell-out for Saturday’s spectacle, four days ahead of her attempts to make history and join Kingston Town as a three-time winner of Australia’s weight-for-age championship.

The final general admission ticket was sold on Tuesday, meaning the only way to get into Saturday’s meeting is by taking out a Racing Club membership at Moonee Valley.

Winx has won her past 21 starts, including two Cox Plates by 4-3/4 lengths and eight lengths, and seems to save her best for the intimate track, where the crowd gets really close to the action.

Hugh Bowman said that Winx enjoyed the velodrome effect from the camber of the turns at the Valley track.

“Last year’s Cox Plate, when we pushed Hartnell to his limit, was a great example of how she does that … the Moonee Valley track and the way the Cox Plate is run works into her strengths,” he said.

-extracts from Herald Sun and Sydney Morning Herald.
Photo: Herald Sun. *(Winx final workout at Moonee Valley).

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