Champion mare Winx has entered the history books again after becoming only the second horse ever to win three consecutive Cox Plate titles.
The six-year-old emerged triumphant in the group one sprint at Melbourne’s Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday, after being a firm favourite to take home the $3,000,000 prize money.
The win also continues the thoroughbred’s 22 strong victory streak, having lost just three times throughout her 32 start career.
Champion mare Winx has entered the history book again after winning her third consecutive Cox Plate title on Saturday
Jumping from barrier six, the mare was ridden in perfect form by jockey Hugh Bowman along the 2,040m sprint
Eight horses took to the field to contest the title after Michelle Payne’s mount Kaspersky was scratched due to injury.
Jumping from barrier six, the mare was ridden in perfect form by jockey Hugh Bowman along the 2,040m sprint.
Providing some fierce competition was Humidor and Folkswood who finished the race in second and third position respectively.
It follows a sensational year from the Chris Waller-trained horse that saw her take out the Turnbull Stakes in Flemington by six-and-a-half lengths.
The six-year-old emerged triumphant in the group one sprint at Melbourne’s Moonee Valley Racecourse Saturday, having being a firm favourite to take home the $3,000,000 prize money
Eight horses contested the title on the field after Michelle Payne’s mount Kaspersky was scratched due to injury.
Her turn at the Cox Plate makes her just the second horse to achieve a triple back-to-back title, after Kingston Rule did so in 1980, 1981 and 1982.
Champion Cox Plate Winners
Kingston Rule – Won three times in 1980, 1981 and 1982
Beau Vite – Won twice in 1940 and 1941
Northerly – Won twice in 2001 and 2002
Phar Lap – Won twice in 1930 and 1931
So You Think – Won twice in 2009 and 2010
But despite Winx’s incredible performance, one record she has yet to beat is the fastest time on the 2040m sprint.
The personal best remains with Better Loosen Up, who won in 1990 with a time of two minutes and one second.
Jockey Hugh Bowman said following the race he was ‘lost for words’ but they were ‘in the presence of greatness’.
Earlier in the day the mare appeared relaxed and calm as she was brought to her stall to prepare for the run.
Plenty of punters jumped at the chance to see the mare up close and personal too, with huge crowds milling about the stable area before the race to catch a glimpse.
The thoroughbred stormed home to victory to continue her 22 race victory streak and appeared relaxed and calm in the stables before the momentous run