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Winx has put her champion status beyond doubt with her second consecutive win in the Cox Plate, beating Hartnell by a record eight lengths.


* Born – September 14, 2011.

* Sire – Street Cry.

* Dam – Vegas Showgirl.

* Cost – $230,000 at Magic Millions yearling sale.

* Trainer Chris Waller.

* Prizemoney of $9,348,175 with 17 wins from 23 starts.


* Started with the Group Three Sunshine Coast Guineas last year.

* Has won 13 consecutive races including nine at Group One level.

* Last beaten in April 2015 by Gust Of Wind in the Australian Oaks.


* 2015 – Queensland Oaks, Epsom Handicap, Cox Plate (race record).

* 2016 – Chipping Norton Stakes, George Ryder Stakes, Doncaster Mile, George Main Stakes, Caulfield Stakes, Cox Plate.


* Regular rider Hugh Bowman has been on Winx for 12 wins and one second.

* Larry Cassidy was aboard for the start of the streak in last year’s Sunshine Coast Guineas.

* James McDonald, Tommy Berry and Jason Collett have also won on her.


“I knew she was in the zone and when she’s in the zone, well you saw her” – trainer Chris Waller.

“I knew Hartnell would take me where I needed to go to, and he couldn’t take me far enough. Even James (McDonald) said as I went by him, “Oh, Jesus Christ!. Winx’s rider Hugh Bowman.

“Wow! I don’t know what to say, I was going all right too. It’s definitely not his track. He was brave in defeat but geez, she (Winx) is unreal” – Hartnell’s jockey James McDonald.

“Winx is just an out and out champion. The way she left the rest of us in her wake, that just stamped her as an out-and-out champion. And our filly is top class” – David Vandyke, trainer of third-placed Yankee Rose.

“I think she’s the best I’ve seen. He didn’t even touch her going to the line. I think the only other horse I’ve ever saw to win like a superstar was Tulloch. He was something out of the box and she’s not far behind him, believe me” – Veteran trainer Leon Corstens who prepares fifth placegetter Awesome Rock with his son Troy.

“In 40 years time I will be able to say that I was in the 2016 Cox Plate when Winx spanked us and proved she was one of the greats of all time” – Happy Clapper’s jockey Brenton Avdulla (6th) on Twitter


“Awesome. It’s a pleasure to watch good horses. I started clapping at the top of the straight. She had a lap on them. She’s the best mile-and-a-quarter horse in the world. Phenomenal” – Former trainer Peter Moody who prepared the unbeaten Black Caviar to her 25 wins.

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