Winx has cemented her place as one of the all-time greats of Australian racing, with her 3rd consecutive Cox Plate win over the weekend. In a tightly contested race, Winx held off a fighting challenge from Humidor with a signature late surge. The win sees Winx move level with Kingston Town for three Cox Plate titles to her name. It also sees Winx surpass Makybe Diva in the Australian prize money stakes, and equalling Black Caviar’s Group 1 wins at 15.
Jockey Hugh Bowman told Channel Seven, “She will be recognised as one of the greatest horses to grace the Australian turf and to be a part of her career, I can’t explain how much that means.” Bowman has been Winx’s jockey for each of her Cox Plate wins and his only 3 Group 1 wins.
The race was not without some controversy as jockey Damien Oliver was slapped with an improper riding charge by the stewards. The three-time Melbourne Cup winner was due to partner last year’s winner Almandin, but he will serve 20 meetings on the sidelines for a bumping duel on Happy Clapper with Dean Yendall’s Royal Symphony.
Oliver has lodged an appeal against the decision of the stewards and severity of the penalty. The Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board will hear the appeal at 4.15pm today. If the appeal is denied owner Lloyd Williams will be forced to scramble to find a replacement for Almandin, who is still the firm favourite.