Winx wins third straight Cox Plate but Humidor provides mighty scare

Winx wins third straight Cox Plate but Humidor provides mighty scare

Jockey Hugh Bowman needed to ride Winx out more than usual, but the Street Cry (IRE) mare won by a comfortable-enough half-length at the finish in a course-record time of 2:02.94.

The Japan Cup could be next for the Australian wonder mare Winx who galloped her way into the history books with a thrilling victory in the Gr1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

The Cox Plate win gave Winx her 15th Group 1 win, equaling the famous sprinter Black Caviar on Australia's all-time list.

Like the rest of the 32,600-strong crowd, Johnston was a bit anxious when Humidor chased Winx down the straight, coming to within a long neck. Winx has won five races since returning from a four-month break in mid-August.

In joining Kingston Town as a three-time victor of Australia's most prestigious weight-for-age race, Winx also took her sequence to 22 consecutive victories.

In the wake of her narrowest Cox Plate win, some have questioned whether the mare was at her best - despite the superstar beating her own race record.

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"I was concerned for a moment down the straight but she is Winx", he said.

Humidor, fifth in the Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup last week, will now head for the two-mile, Grade 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup on November 7.

"To be able to manage an animal like this and bring her back three years in a row to peak on one particular day, I think it goes unnoticed".

"She will will be recognised as one of the greatest horses to grace the Australian turf and to be a part of her career, I can't explain how much that means". But trying to compare one horse to another, they're all different.

"It was close, as you would expect in a Cox Plate", he said.

Damien Oliver is set to appeal his 20-meeting suspension for improper riding aboard Happy Clapper in the Cox Plate, with a Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board hearing pencilled in for Monday afternoon.

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