Winx wins third straight Cox Plate but Humidor provides mighty scare

Winx wins third straight Cox Plate but Humidor provides mighty scare

Waller said the last thing he would do would be to take Winx to the races underdone, and now she was an older, stronger mare, she needed more work.

But she then had an unexpected challenge from Group 1 victor Humidor, who had been more than seven lengths behind her in the Group 1 Seppelt Turnbull Stakes three weeks ago.

Winx had to fight to win her third straight Cox Plate, which has only cemented her status as a true champion in the eyes of trainer Chris Waller and part-owner Peter Tighe.

Humidor finished second, ahead of third-placed Folkswood in Australia's most prestigious weight-for-age race.

Waller admitted Winx, who has now won 22 races in a row, was a sitting duck towards the end.

Australian supermare Winx has done it again.

"She's in fantastic form", he said.

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Humidor, fifth in the Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup last week, will now head for the two-mile, Grade 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup on November 7. "Winx delivered me my first major Group 1 race three years ago and she's now delivered me my only other two".

"Trying to compare one horse to another is hard, they're all different, but we are in the presence of greatness".

"She's as good as I've seen", Johnston said.

"I was born the year Kingston Town won his first Cox Plate and to think that she's emulated the great, it's incredible".

The second-placed horse Humidor who put in a very courageous effort is part-owned by former All Black Mark Carter, and his brother Mark and sister Rachel.

She got up for last-gasp victories after breaking slow in her first two outings of the season, the G2 Warwick S. and G2 Chelmsford S., but the result of her final Cox Plate prep, the G1 Turnbull S., was never in doubt as she sailed home by 6 1/2 lengths at Flemington on October 7.

Damien Oliver is set to appeal his 20-meeting suspension for improper riding aboard Happy Clapper in the Cox Plate, with a Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board hearing pencilled in for Monday afternoon.

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