Shades of Sunline with Winx in Cox Plate

Street Cry mare Winx has confirmed her status as one of the world’s best gallopers with a record-breaking performance in the G1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley.

Winx put four lengths on a star-studded field and clocked 2.02.98s to shatter the race and course record held by Might and Power.  “It was shades of Sunline,” trainer Chris Waller said referring to another Cox Plate icon.  “She’s a superior athlete but I didn’t even dream she would win by that far.”

Darley’s deceased champion Street Cry sired her from NZ stakes winner Vegas Showgirl (Al Akbar).  The mare was purchased by Fairway Thoroughbreds for $455,000 at the 2008 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale and Fairway owner John Camilleri sold her Cox Plate winner for $230,000 at 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sale.

Winx races for Peter Tighe’s Magic Bloodstock and the syndicate also includes Debbie Kepitis who knows what it takes to capture a Cox Plate.  Her father Bob Ingham raced 1995 winner Octagonal.

Unbeaten as a juvenile after wins at Warwick Farm and Rosehill, Winx resumed at three to complete a hat-trick in the G2 Furious Stakes and she added another Group 2 in the Phar Lap Stakes earlier this year.

Waller sent her to Brisbane for winter wins in the G3 Sunshine Coast Guineas and G1 Queensland Oaks and brought her back for big-ticket victories in the G2 Theo Marks Stakes and G1 Epsom Hcp before reaching the summit in Australia’s weight-for-age championship in Melbourne.

“I drew the rails and had a lot of confidence in the mare,” jockey Hugh Bowman said.  “I had to go early when The Cleaner rolled off the fence.  That wasn’t ideal – I didn’t want to go for another furlong – but I had to capitalise.  She’s a serious racehorse and adapted to the situation.”

Winx (pictured) has won 9 times in 15 starts for $3.63 million in prizemoney.  She has a 2yo Snitzel half-brother named El Divino who won a Randwick trial for Camilleri and Gai Waterhouse last week.