'In The Presence Of Greatness': Winx Battles To History In Cox Plate

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Fresh off emulating Kingston Town with a hat-trick of successes in the weight-for-age championship at Moonee Valley, Winx dipped her famous legs into the Altona Beach waters to recuperate.

Waller and Winx's owners were still basking in the glow of a heart-stopping third Cox Plate win on Sunday, stressing it was not a fait accompli the horse would embark on a European campaign next year which could take in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

The win takes the Chris Waller-trained mare to first on the all-time leading prizemoney earners for Australian racehorses, eclipsing the $15 million mark, as well as her 15th Group 1 victory.

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.

"She's very bright, she's just got back from the beach this morning", Waller said on RSN.

"She's a lot stronger - as a rough guide, her first Cox Plate she was 505kg, her second Cox Plate she was 515kg, and yesterday she was about 526kg". "She will be recognized 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".

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"You never know what is going to happen on a racetrack". "She's unbeaten for nearly three years now, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't go to bed at night thinking of her getting beaten".

"She finds a way to win like all champions do".

"We'll be throwing everything at her to get her back for a fourth Cox Plate", Moonee Valley chief executive Michael Browell said.

"She's the type of horse that you dream of. It was great to see her moving forward in that normal style but geez Humidor gave her a hell of a fight".

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. They got beaten by a good horse. I've been one of the many people up in the stand admiring this race and admiring the history of this race and Australian sport, so it's very humbling to be on the other side looking at everybody.

In the lead-up to today's race Waller told Racing.com that Winx was a "heavenly gift". "We would love to have her".

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