Winx pulls up a treat after 21st party


Wonder mare Winx has blitzed her rivals to win the $500,000 Group 1 Seppelt Turnbull Stakes (2000m) by six-and-a-half lengths in front of a crowd of 20,282 at Flemington. However, she won again at her 11th start, in Queensland, in May 2015, and has not been beaten since, with 13 of the 21 successes coming at the top Group 1 level.

She didn't appear fazed by the commotion of the day and was out in front for most of the 2000m race.

Winx looked comfortable as the field went through the first half of the race, even though she was eight lengths from the leaders.

Winx firmed from $1.40 into $1.25 to win an historic third Cox Plate in three weeks time.

Winx was put to sleep by jockey Hugh Bowman in the run, settling in fifth as Magicool set the tempo.

Coral cut Winx into 1-3 (from 1-2) for the Cox Plate and also make her a 7-4 chance to surpass Black Caviar's record of 25 consecutive victories. It took her total winning margins in four group 1 wins in Melbourne to more than 21 lengths.

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Bowman described the win "as smooth sailing".

"I knew we were in business when I got her today", he said.

When asked after the race if there was a Flemington test, Bowman remarked: "Was there a test?"

"She's a brilliant horse". Yeah, as simple as that.

That is just two ratings points shy of her best-ever effort of 132 when winning her second Cox Plate previous year, a figure that put her just two behind the global top-rater Arrogate and made her the best rated horse on turf on the planet.

"She makes us all look great". There's no training manual for a horse like Winx, we've managed to get it right but she makes us get it right, ' Waller said.

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"For this impressive crowd to witness the greatness of Winx for the first time at Flemington was a truly memorable occasion and one I'm sure many Melburnians will treasure for years to come", said Mr Wilson.

"She makes us all look good in what she does".

Last year's Melbourne Cup victor Almandin was eased to a general 7-1 (from 5) for a repeat success after finishing only fourth as Amelie's Star (Darren Weir/Damian Lane) secured her spot for the Flemington spectacular.

All roads lead to the Cox Plate on October 28 for the world's best turf horse when she will attempt to equal Kingston Town's record of three victories at Moonee Valley.

Kincsem, a Hungarian mare who raced in the 1870s, was unbeaten in 54 starts, while Puerto Rica's Camarero won 56 straight - in a career featuring 73 wins from 76 starts - in the 1950s.

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