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

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

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

However, the daughter of Irish stallion Street Cry did not have things her own way having to fight off Humidor's determined challenge in the straight under her regular rider Hugh Bowman.

Chris Waller's incredible mare had won the Moonee Valley showpiece in each of the last two years and having looked better than ever when dominating her rivals in the Turnbull Stakes three weeks ago, her first success at Flemington, she was unsurprisingly a red-hot favourite to emulate the great Kingston Town, who won the Cox Plate three times in the early 1980s.

But like everyone else at the track, Waller was more prepared for Winx to win with the mare at $1.18, her shortest Cox Plate price.

Humidor finished second, ahead of third-placed Folkswood in Australia's most prestigious weight-for-age race.

Like the rest of the 32,600-strong crowd, Johnston was a bit anxious when Humidor chased Winx down the straight, coming to within a long neck.

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

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On what Oliver's rationale was in the stewards' room on Saturday, Bailey said: "He [Oliver] felt he had a plan in mind to try and get Dean Yendall [Royal Symphony] down to the fence, with the hope to keep Winx in a three-wide position".

Humidor, fifth in the Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup last week, will now head for the two-mile, Grade 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup on November 7.

Winx kicked off her current streak in the 2015 G3 Sunshine Coast Guineas, and she has since thrilled crowds across the country with facile wins in races like the G1 Epsom H., multiple renewals of the G1 Chipping Norton S. and G1 George Ryder S., and at the last two renewals of The Championships in the G1 Doncaster Mile and G1 Queen Elizabeth S., respectively.

"She's as good as I've seen", Johnston said.

In beating former New Zealander Humidor by a long neck, the six-year-old became only the second horse to win three Cox Plates since its inception in 1922. She'll be recognised as one of the greatest horses to grace the Australian turf. But trying to compare one horse to another, they're all different.

Damien Oliver is set to appeal his 20-meeting suspension for improper riding aboard Happy Clapper in the Cox Plate, with a Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board hearing pencilled in for Monday afternoon.

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