THE Queen of the turf has a fourth Cox Plate jewel in her crown. Winx has claimed a fourth-straight Gr1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley and her place in the history books as the first racehorse to win the time-honoured classic on four occasions – and consecutive, no less.
Star jockey Hugh Bowman defied a leader’s track to pilot the mighty mare to her 29th-straight victory and her 22nd Group 1 win. The Chris Waller-trained mare is now the highest-earning racehorse in history with career earnings topping $22 million.
Winx is just one of seven horses to win the $5 million feature aged seven or older, and the oldest since Fields of Omagh claimed glory in 2006.
Trainer Chris Waller’s trademark emotion – reserved only for Winx – spilled over post-race, while Bowman was welcomed by his two daughters, Bambi and Paige, post-race in their first trip to the track together.
“I can’t believe it. I really thought in the build up to this I would get quite emotional,” Bowman said.
“I am feeling emotional but the electricity that came through my body when I turned into the home straight just then was something that I guess I only get to feel but everyone watching oh I don’t know. I’m lost for words.
“Everyone watching gets so much joy and pleasure out of the superbility of this wonderful horse.
“The fact that she’s been able to do it so many times consecutively just speaks volumes for the management of her, but I just – what can I say?”