Winx wins Cox Plate for third straight year


She joined the legendary Kingston Town as a three time victor of Australia's premier Weight For Age race, extending her winning streak to 22 in a row today.

Chris Waller's magnificent daughter of Street Cry took her place alongside three-time Cox Plate victor Kingston Town after she was pressed all the way to the line by the gallant Humidor. She took her earnings past $15.5 million Australian (about $11.9 million), which is more than three-time Melbourne Cup victor Makybe Diva's Australian prize-money record of $14.5 million Australian.

"He had been running well without too much luck and I just wanted to give him a good ride and hopefully the horse would do the rest", Shinn said.

"To be able to manage an animal like this and bring her back three years in a row to peak on one particular day, I think it goes unnoticed", he said.

'She's a great horse and it's a privilege for me and my family to be part of this'.

"She hasn't beaten his record, and equalling it I think is a great thing".

Six years to the day after Black Caviar won this race, Winx would, if she keeps her winning run alive, break Black Caviar's winning streak record in front of the Queen.

"You've got the elite horses, the elite jockeys but it's one of those days where everything has fallen into place".

"She finds a way to win like all champions do".

Winx, who may compete at England's Royal Ascot meeting next June, is also expected to pass American dirt runner Arrogate as the overall top-rated horse in the world when the next set of World Thoroughbred Rankings compiled by the France-based International Federation of Horseracing Authorities comes out in November.

"Fortunately we got the upper hand and yeah, well done to the connections of all runners".

"In the stable he's just as popular as Winx", Waller said.

Bowman is the country's leading Group One jockey, and Waller is Australia's leading Group One trainer.

In the lead-up to today's race Waller told that Winx was a "heavenly gift".

The school of thought, though, that five runs this spring preparation - more work than her previous Cox Plate lead-ups - was taxing on her was incorrect, as Waller explained.