Winx ridden by Hugh Bowman wins the Ladbrokes Cox Plate at Moonee Valley Racecourse on October 28, 2017 in Moonee Ponds, Australia. (John Donegan/Racing Photos)
Wonder mare Winx wrote herself into the racing record books yet again on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day when she became the highest prizemoney earner in Australian history.
The six-year-old’s third consecutive Cox Plate – which was witnessed by a crowd of more than 32,617 at The Valley last month – saw her earnings sky rocket to $15.5 million and her unbeaten streak extend to 22.
Winx fought off a gallant effort by the Darren Weir-trained Humidor in the home straight to win Australasia’s premier weight-for-age feature, and in doing so, surpassed the previous Australian prizemoney record of $14.5 million set by 2005 Cox Plate and three time Melbourne Cup-winner (2003, 04, 05), Makybe Diva.
Winx now shares the same number of Group 1 wins (15) as Black Caviar, and the same number of Cox Plate victories (3) as Kingstown Town set in 1980, 81 and 82.
It now remains just a matter of whether trainer Chris Waller will back her up for a tilt at a sixth consecutive win this preparation in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) on Saturday, 11 November - the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The two-day Cox Plate Carnival was attended by a crowd of more than 44,000 people on 27 and 28 October, including a record-breaking crowd of 11,805 on Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes Night who witnessed the Tony McEvoy-trained Hey Doc claim the $1 million sprint feature over 1200m.
Cox Plate Day itself received the biggest crowd since 2008, the year 34,072 people witnessed Maldivian win for trainer Mark Kavanagh.
Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) Chief Executive Michael Browell said the club was thrilled with the support shown by the racing public across the two day Carnival.
“We are delighted with the crowd that has turned up to support the Ladbrokes Cox Plate and enjoy watching Winx equal Kingston Town’s three successive Cox Plates. It is an historic day for Australian racing and a proud day for the Moonee Valley Racing Club”.