Champion mare Winx has won a record fourth Cox Plate, beating Benbatl and Humidor at Moonee Valley.
Winx has reigned supreme to win an unprecedented fourth Cox Plate after a build-up her jockey and trainer admit has been harder than the first three.
Hugh Bowman rode Saturday’s race to perfection, tracking the speed to make sure Godolphin’s European visitor Benbatl was not too far in front.
He wasn’t and Winx picked him up to win by two lengths, recording her 22nd Group One win, her 29th straight victory and a record in the Cox Plate unlikely to be bettered.
“I can’t believe it,” Bowman said.
“I really felt the pressure this week – more than I have before.
“The build-up of electricity that came through my body when I turned into the straight,I can’t describe.
“Everyone watching gets so much pleasure out of this wonderful horse.
“The fact she has been able to do it so many times. I can’t say much more.
“I’m so proud to be a part of this and so lucky to come across such an amazing athlete.
Trainer Chris Waller diverted attention to his staff who look after Sydney’s biggest stable but conceded the mare had pride of place.
“They all do great jobs – not just with Winx,” he said.
“This is pretty special. I can’t say much more. I’m gassed – the horse has got more petrol than me.”
Last year’s runner-up Humidor ran 2-3/4 lengths behind Benbatl while one-time Melbourne Cup favourite Kings Will Dream was pulled out of the race early.