“THE world can come to us — if they’re good enough,” enthused trainer Chris Waller after his phenomenal mare Winx won Saturday’s $3-million WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley by an astonishing eight lengths.
Winx turned the prestigious 2040m contest into a procession for the second year running. She posted her 13th straight victory and boosted her stake earnings to more than $9 million.
Winx’s was the most emphatic Cox Plate wins in the history of Australia’s premier weight-for-age race. She joins turf greats such as Phar Lap, Kingston Town, Sunline, Northerly and So You Think as a multiple winner of the Moonee Valley race.
Asked what the next objective for Winx is, Waller said: “Win a third one (Cox Plate).”
Jockey Hugh Bowman commented: “My feeling was good. I think James (on main rival Hartnell) was quietly confident, but when I started to, you know, put the pressure on to him, I think he realised.
“She’s a superior racehorse and I am ust honoured to be part of it,” said Bowman.
Winx will likely be spelled now, although there is a chance she could head to the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on November 5.