The Cox Plate can’t quickly enough for champion jockey Hugh Bowman.
Before riding his Caulfield Cup mount Marmelo in his final piece of work on Tuesday morning at Werribee before Saturday’s race, Bowman went to Moonee Valley to gallop Winx ahead of her bid for a record equalling third Cox Plate on October 28 at the track.
The champion mare, chasing her 22nd consecutive victory in the Cox Plate, wasn’t asked to break the clock but Bowman said she felt in great order.
“She did a really nice piece of work this morning,” Bowman said.
“She worked on her own and I let her build up over the last 600 metres and let her work to the line with the last 400 metres being well within herself.
“She couldn’t be in better shape.
“She looks great in the coat and the race can’t come quick enough.”
Winx has raced just twice previously at Moonee Valley winning the 2015 Cox Plate in track record time before her defence of the race last year when she thrashed Hartnell by a record margin of eight lengths.
Bowman said he understood she would return to Moonee Valley next Tuesday for Breakfast With The Stars.
📹: Winx galloped this morning over 1200m with Hugh Bowman clocking an overall time of 1.21.09 and last 400 metres in 23.22 🏇💨 pic.twitter.com/3RRSPas6KK
— TheValley Racecourse (@TheValley) October 16, 2017