A capacity field of Stradbroke Handicap hopefuls...
Champion mare Winx created history when she careered away to score her fourth straight win in the Group 1 $5m Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley today.
The 40,000 strong crowd erupted when Hugh Bowman released the brakes at the 200m mark and Winx ($1.24 favourite) strolled away to record a two lengths win over the Godolphin owned Benbatl ($10).
The Darren Weir trained Humidor ($21), last year’s Cox Plate runner up, ran on from back in the field to claim third place.
Bowman had Winx into her rhythm quickly down the straight the first time and even though the champion mare was travelling in a three wide position, Bowman was happy to keep her out there out of trouble.
Winx’s Chris Waller trained stablemate D’Argento ($26) set the early pace before Rostropovich ($31) took over mid race with Benbatl also always in the firing line.
The pressure started to build at the 800m and Bowman just let Winx strolled up on the outside and he still a hold of the great mare on the home turn when all of the other runners were under the pump.
Winx’s has now won over $22.8 million in prizemoney courtesy of her fourth straight Cox Plate win which took her winning stretch to twenty-nine and her Group 1 winning trophies to twenty-two.
Waller was lost for words after Winx re-wrote the history books in front of the world stage.
“Going past the straight the first time was a little concern that she might get caught three wide. She got cover and the speed wasn’t too strong,” Waller said.
“To see her unleash as she does, I was looking for Humidor coming off of her back and seeing how the others were travelling, she had them covered a long way from home.”
“It has just gone to a whole new level.”
“I can’t say much more, I am gassed.”
The Darren Weir trained Kings Will Dream ($31) was pulled out of the race at the 1600m mark.
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