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This Saturday the Moonee Valley Racing Club will be host to the latest chapter of Winx History as the mighty mare prepares to jump the shortest-priced favourite in Cox Plate betting since Phar Lap.
One of not only Australia’s but the world’s greatest ever racehorses, Phar Lap enjoyed back-to-back Cox Plate victories in 1930 and 1931.
The champion stayer saluted for the second time at 1/14, $1.07 in equivalent Cox Plate betting in today’s terms.
Winx is out to join Kingston Town (1980-81) as the only other triple Cox Plate winner in history having won in 2015 at $4.60 and 2016 at $1.70 when defeating Hartnell by a record eight lengths.
Looking at the markets for Saturday’s Group 1 $3 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m), it is incredible to think Chris Waller’s flawless mare could be had at $4.60 for her maiden success in Australasia’s weight-for-age championship.
Last start Winx debuted at Flemington and dominated as if it were her home track, posting a runaway six and a half-length win in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).
Now she is at an all-in Cox Plate price pre-field at Ladbrokes.com.au of $1.16 to continue the fairy tale and make it 22 straight wins.
Success will also see the six-year-old daughter of Street Cry hit the top of Australia’s all-time prize money winning racehorses with the $15,577,925, surpassing Makybe Diva, and equal super sprinter Black Caviar with 15 Group 1 wins.
This century the shortest-priced Cox Plate winner to salute for the punters was So You Think ($1.50 in 2010), who also won as a three-year-old in 2009 at odds of $13.
Black Caviar’s former trainer Peter Moody said a Winx loss this weekend was definitely not what the punters or racing public wanted, although for the bookies it would certainly be a result.
“It’s [Winx winning] a foregone conclusion unless something leads to her unforeseen demise, and that’s the last anyone wants to see,” Moody told the Herald Sun.
“But you’ve got to take her on and you just can’t shy away from one horse.
“If horses have been aimed for it, you’ve got to have a go.
“There were times I said to connections with different horses in my stable running against Black Caviar that as long as ‘your arseholes point to the ground, you won’t beat her’ but there’s terrific prizemoney on offer for second, third and fourth.
“Particularly with the fillies and mares, it adds great status to get that black type in their pedigrees.
“It’s a shame that we feel the need to go overseas to prove ourselves the best. She can be the best here. If they want to have a crack, they can come here.”
To take the better-than-bank-interest Winx odds to win the Cox Plate 2017, head to Ladbrokes.com.au today.
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