Winx has etched her name into the record books when holding out a determined challenge from Humidor for a famous G1 Cox Plate triumph at Moonee Valley.
In becoming only the second three-time winner of Australia’s weight-for-age championship, she equalled Kingston Town and notched a 15th Group 1 win to draw level with Black Caviar.
And the Cox Plate haul on Saturday pushed Winx past Makybe Diva to become the highest stakes earning horse in southern-hemisphere history with an earnings over $15.6 million.
For good measure, Winx broke her own track record clocking 2:02.94s for 2040m at Moonee Valley.
A little worse than midfield throughout, she drew level with the leaders and then held out Humidor to win by a long-neck. “It was a big build up – look at the crowd,” winning jockey Hugh Bowman said. “She will go down in history as one of the greatest horses to have ever graced the Australian turf.”
Trainer Chris Waller told reporters after the race he was proud to have prepared his champion to another history-making success. “It was pretty close in the end but you expect that in a Cox Plate. She’s won 22 races in a row and I’m blessed to be in this position.”
Winx was purchased by Peter Tighe’s Magic Bloodstock at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sale for $230,000. She is a daughter of influential international sire Street Cry from stakes winning Al Akbar mare Vegas Showgirl.