Winx Next Race Options Open, 2018 Cox Plate?

October 30, 2017

Winx Next Race Options Open, 2018 Cox Plate?

The next-up options for glamour mare Winx who made history with her third Ladbrokes Cox Plate victory on the weekend remain open, including a possible fourth run in the Australasian weight-for-age championship in 2018.

Winx

Three-time champion could return for the 2018 Ladbrokes Cox Plate in 12 months at The Valley. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Over the weekend the Chris Waller-trained Winx emulated the great Kingston Town (1980-81), becoming just the second horse in history to enjoy a Cox Plate three-peat.

Odds-on favourite in her third Group 1 $3 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m), Winx gave the punters a scare with Humidor presenting a genuine challenge over the final 50m.

Now Australia’s all-time highest earning racehorse, Winx did what great champions do however and accepted the challenge, rising late to charge over the line and into the history books with her second Cox Plate race record time in three years.

Already talks of where to next for Winx are circulating, including the possibility Waller and connections bring the now 15-time Group 1 winner back to The Valley in 2018 looking to defend her Cox Plate title in a fourth running.

All-in 2018 Cox Plate odds are already open at race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au with Winx $3.50 to win.

Winx pulled through her gutsy victory on the unsuitably firm Moonee Valley track in excellent order according to Waller, who is yet to confirm future racing plans for his stable ace.

The six-year-old daughter of Street Cry was at Altona Beach on Sunday morning looking the picture of health.

“Remarkably well. She’s very bright; she’s just got back from the beach this morning,” Waller told RSN yesterday when asked how Winx had pulled-up.

“Jo Taylor and the staff said she’s fantastic, so that was music to my ears.

“It’s more important about that than any other part of the weekend.

“She’s an amazing athlete, and firstly, that helps her race so well, and secondly, it helps her recover so quickly as well.”

There is a chance Winx could race as soon as November 11 on the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington in the Group 1 $2 million Emirates Stakes (2000m).

A winner of 22 straight starts after the 2017 Cox Plate results, Winx is also now proven at Flemington having blitzed the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) by six and a half-lengths two back in her debut at Headquarters.

That gave her four lead-up runs into the Cox Plate, a program Waller remains happy with.

“No I don’t think [it was harder with four lead-in runs]. I don’t think we could’ve done it with any less [than four lead-up races],” he said.

“She’s that little bit harder to get fit and maintain that fitness, because she’s an older, more mature horse.

“She’s a lot stronger – as a rough guide, her first Cox Plate she was 505kg, her second Cox Plate she was 515kg, and yesterday she was about 526kg.

“She certainly needed that extra run. I don’t know if there is a right way to train Winx or not, but one thing I’ll tell you is she’ll rise to any challenge you give her.

“We’ve just got to make sure that challenge isn’t a breaking point.”

Overseas racing options for the world-class mare also remain open with the likes of Royal Ascot 2018 in England being discussed.

“Whether she has another run this prep, when she goes overseas – if she goes overseas – it’ll all unfold and be pretty obvious I would say,” Waller said.

To back Winx next race wherever she heads at the right price, visit Ladbrokes.com.au!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Australian Guineas Bound Amphi...

The Autumn Sun: Cox Plate Stil...

The Autumn Sun: Cox Plate Still The Goal, Golden Eagle ‘Plan B’

Three-time Group 1 winner The Autumn Sun has opened as the favourite following...

Arcadia Queen is the favourite...

Arcadia Queen is the favourite in the 2018 Kingston Town Classic field

The lightly weighted Arcadia Queen was installed as the short priced favourite...

Voodoo Lad wins 2018 Winterbot...

Voodoo Lad wins 2018 Winterbottom Stakes

The Darren Weir trained Voodoo Lad broke through for his maiden Group 1 win in...

Viddora firms in the betting a...

Viddora firms in the betting after 2018 Winterbottom Stakes barrier draw

Defending titleholder Viddora continues to firm in the betting following the...

Horse Racing Today

Field of 11 for 2019 Black Cav...

Winx to resume in 2019 Apollo ...

Winx to resume in 2019 Apollo Stakes field

Australia’s favourite race horse Winx is set to kick off her 2019 Autumn...

Webster not happy for The Clap...

Webster not happy for The Clapper to take on Winx in 2019 Apollo Stakes

Trainer Pat Webster admits that he is not happy for his stable star Happy...

Waller gives D’Argento g...

Waller gives D’Argento great chance to win 2019 C.F. Orr Stakes

Champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller is giving D’Argento a great chance to...

Kementari favourite for 2019 C...

Kementari favourite for 2019 C.F. Orr Stakes after favourable barrier draw

Randwick Guineas winner Kementari has retained favourtism for the 2019 Group 1...

Race Results

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes: In Her Time Wins First-Up

The Inevitable Looms to Challenge Australian Guineas Favourites

Microphone Adds to Godolphin’s Promising List of Golden Slipper Hopefuls

Manuel Claims Orr-Inspiring Win for the Ages

Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes: Lyre, Brooklyn Hustle Firm Following Strong Prelude Run

Race Previews

Field of 11 for 2019 Black Caviar Lightning

Winx to resume in 2019 Apollo Stakes field

Webster not happy for The Clapper to take on Winx in 2019 Apollo Stakes

Waller gives D’Argento great chance to win 2019 C.F. Orr Stakes

Kementari favourite for 2019 C.F. Orr Stakes after favourable barrier draw

Fields & Form

Field of 11 for 2019 Black Caviar Lightning

Winx to resume in 2019 Apollo Stakes field

Waller gives D’Argento great chance to win 2019 C.F. Orr Stakes

Kementari favourite for 2019 C.F. Orr Stakes after favourable barrier draw

Dawn Passage installed as favourite after 2019 Inglis Millennium barrier draw