Superstar mare Winx has won the 2018 Cox Plate in Melbourne for the fourth year running.
The iconic horse was once again victorious, marking her historic 29th consecutive triumph.
The win comes after co-owner Peter Tighe and trainer Chris Waller refuted rumours of the mare’s retirement.
Her successful legacy has made her the most profitable racehorse in Australian history and heavy-handed punters will be going home with full pockets.
Synonymous with the Australian horse racing scene, Winx will be vying for her 29th consecutive victory on Saturday
The mare has won three Cox Plates in a row. Pictured: Jockey Hugh Bowman (left) and trainer Chris Waller (right) lifting the prize Plate
Co-owner Peter Tighe dismissed the idea that Saturday’s race will be her last, saying the team will begin preparing her for races over Christmas.
But he admitted that should Winx win, her streak of Cox Plates would probably end at four.
The decision on whether to retire or race on falls solely on the champion racehorse’s shoulders, Tighe told the Daily Telegraph.
‘If she has a yearning to race again, we will give her an autumn preparation next year,’ he said.
But the iconic horse is in the best shape of her life, according to her management.
‘I am manager of fitness and making sure the horse is running well,’ her long-time trainer Chris Waller said.
THE BIGGEST BETS ON WINX
$201,200 at $1.22 – 2018 Cox Plate
$170,000 at $1.16 – 2018 Turnbull Stakes
$160,000 at $1.10 – 2018 Turnbull Stakes
$155,000 at $1.10 – 2018 George Main Stakes
$140,000 at $1.12 – 2018 Winx Stakes
Punters agree with the trainers assessment, placing massive bets leading up to the race.
One brazen gambler will be going home with his pockets full.
His risk of placing $201,200 on the horse paid off, as he goes home $245,000 better off.
The same punter is notorious for backing the mare, previously placing $170,000 on her when she raced and won the Turnbull Stakes.
The same man has invested more than $1.2million in the horse in the past 20 months, winning every time.
Betting agency TAB estimates they’ll take more than $3million worth of bets for Winx to take home a fourth Cox Plate.
Winx’s owners have refuted rumours the mare will retire should it win the Cox Plate again
One confident punter has risked more than $1.4million on the horse in the past two years
During the week, Winx drew barrier six, which plays in well with her decorated history.
This marks Winx’s 29th consecutive triumph and 22nd Group One victory.
Over the course of her career, Winx has won almost $20million in prize money, making her the most profitable racehorse in Australian history ahead of Redzel and Makybe Diva.