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The price on Winx to win the ‘race where champions are made’ for the third time in as many years is remain prohibitive with the magnificent mare at $1.16 in the latest Cox Plate 2017 odds.
Chris Waller’s daughter of Street Cry faces eight rivals who are either brave or crazy when she looks to emulate Kingston Town (1980-82) with a trio of victories in the Group 1 $3 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) on Saturday.
Punters took her at $1.14 and she now looks “value” at $1.16 in Cox Plate betting.
The fans have pretty much abandoned all else in the field and are happy to take what they can get on the 14-time Group 1 winner to equal Black Caviar’s all-time record of 15 elite level victories.
No Cox Plate favourite has been shorter since Phar Lap ($1.07 in 1931) and that is saying something about just how dominant this world class racehorse is.
There have been nothing but glowing reports from Waller and regular rider of Winx Hugh Bowman ahead of Cox Plate Day, her trainer describing her as an “absolute professional” after watching her Tuesday morning gallop at Breakfast With The Best.
“You can see it in the horse, and the team at home is very happy with the way that her preparation has gone. The beauty of Winx is she makes our job easier. She’s an absolute professional,” he said.
“What you see on race day is exactly what you see every day of the week with her and it’s an absolute privilege to be a part of her career.”
Winx continues to race up to expectation, including the lead-up Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) success by six and a half-lengths in her maiden run at Flemington.
She will be the first Turnbull Stakes – Cox Plate double winner when successful on Saturday since Makybe Diva.
Makybe Diva remains the only triple Melbourne Cup winner in history, but Winx will surpass her record prize money earnings when she jumps up over $15.5 million with a third Cox Plate trophy.
Winx is certainly part of Australian racing history now and Waller said he had a “bit of confidence” the mare would be winning again on Saturday.
“The first year, there was no feeling — it was just amazing to have a horse in a Cox Plate, and it’s a great part of Australian history,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
“To win the race was amazing and then to come back and try and defend the title was daunting.
“To think she could win two Cox Plates — not many horses have done that, and there was a real match race about to happen with Hartnell and other overseas horses.
“This year, now that she’s won that second Cox Plate, there’s more pressure there again. She’s going for history, trying to equal Kingston Town’s record.
“We know though she can do it — she can come back and repeat it. There’s a little bit of confidence, but in racing, you don’t want to get too far ahead of yourself.”
Darren Weir’s Ladbrokes Stakes winner Gailo Chop is out from $18 to $19 in Cox Plate betting, the second line of which is now occupied by three-year-old Royal Symphony ($18).
To check out the latest Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2017 betting odds and options visit Ladbrokes.com.au today.
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