Winx wins record fourth consecutive Cox Plate
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Oct 30, 2018,
Oct 30, 2018, 15:29
The champion, lauded by many as the greatest galloper Australia has ever seen, made history when she became the first racehorse to win four runnings of the race regarded as the weight-for-age championship of the Southern Hemisphere.
The 29th consecutive win and the 22nd at Group One level helped push Winx's earnings to over $22.9 million - a remarkable return on the $230,000 she cost owners Peter Tighe, Richard Treweeke and Debbie Kepitis at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
By the champion's side nearly everyday, Odemislioglu said she has nothing to prove today and that all he hoped for was a safe finish to the race.
"Everyone watching gets so much joy and pleasure out of the superb ability of this wonderful horse".
"The fact that she's been able to do it so many times consecutively just speaks volumes for the management of her".
Asked ahead of the race if it would be the last time the champion would be seen in Melbourne, trainer Chris Waller would not be drawn.
"I get on really well with the horse and it's an opportunity I'm going to savour and I can't wait for tomorrow", he said.
Alan informs listeners just how risky it can be to keep running such a valuable mare. I'm just so, so proud to be a part of this unbelievable story. "Winning or losing today doesn't really matter".
OVER 1000 punters arrived track-side at Ferguson Park this afternoon for the Cox Plate Day races.
"We will all sit down and talk about her future in a few weeks, " Waller said.
"It's very hard to say what is the best of the best, but as a day it is one I will never forget".
"I hope that it'll be a safe race and she'll come home safe and healthy".