Winx Holds Safe in Record Cox Plate Victory

Winx relaxes before today’s big race

In her latest moment of Australian racing history, Winx became the second horse to win three consecutive runnings of the Group 1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne on Saturday. "He looked to be jogging to me and ran away with it really well".

It took a track record of 2:02.94 from Winx, beating her own mark from 2015 by 0.04, to hold out Humidor, highlighting just how impressive the pair's performances were.

Winx returned $2.10 in the USA win and place pools and won with a time of 2:02.98, setting a new record (and eclipsing her previous mark in the race).

The win also sees Winx surpass Makybe Diva in the Australian prize money stakes, and also equalling Black Caviar's Group 1 wins at 15.

The three-time Melbourne Cup victor was due to partner last year's hero in the race that stops the nation, but he will serve 20 meetings on the sidelines for a bumping duel on Happy Clapper with Dean Yendall's Royal Symphony.

As Winx was going to the front at the 600m, Weir was watching closely as Humidor began to make ground. "But Winx is a champion and they keep finding don't they".

Bailey said it was best to hear the appeal as soon as possible, given Oliver's Flemington carnival bookings - which are highlighted by the ride on Emirates Melbourne Cup fancy Almandin. But we are in the presence of greatness.

The Cox Plate drew a sellout crowd of more than 32,600.

Weir was then asked whether he was feeling elation or disappointment after Humidor's fearless effort to go under by a long neck in a race that will down in history.

"The plan today was to ride him quiet even though we put the blinkers back on and for him to be strong through the line so we could go to the Melbourne Cup".

The second-placed horse Humidor who put in a very courageous effort is part-owned by former All Black Mark Carter, and his brother Mark and sister Rachel.

"It's unbelievable what happens when they're ridden properly", Weir said.

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