Australia’s champion racehorse Winx staked her claim as one of the world’s best with a record breaking annihilation of her rivals to win a second Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
Her 8 length romp was the biggest winning margin in the history of Australasia’s weight-for-age championship. The Street Cry mare stalked second-favourite Hartnell before extending to the cheers of an adoring crowd.
“Obviously, I thought she could win, but never like that,” trainer Chris Waller said. “I’m very proud and it’s just fantastic for racing. She will be back again next year and we would love to win a third Cox Plate.”
Winning jockey Hugh Bowman said his association the champion galloper was a true privilege. “She’s just a superior racehorse. She’s giving us all the most amazing ride. I was really moved when the crowd cheered her going on to the track before the race.”
Part owner Debbie Kepitis, a daughter of legendary racehorse owner and breeder Bob Ingham, said it was phenomenal performance. “There’s so many people to thank I wouldn’t know how to start. But the most important is Winx the horse – without her we have nothing.”
Racing Victoria handicapper Greg Carpenter believed the career-best win would see Winx climb the world’s best list. “I will have a look at the replay and the performances of Vadamos and Hartnell. But that should shoot her past a mark of 130.”
Bred by the Camilleri family of Fairway Thoroughbreds, Winx was sold for $230,000 through the draft of Coolmore Stud at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions.
In winning her second Cox Plate, and her 13th race in a row, Winx sent her prizemoney earnings soaring over $9.34 million. She’s the third highest earning Australasian racehorse of all time behind Makybe Diva and Sunline.