Winx enjoys Cox Plate Queen status after record-equalling third straight title

Winx does it again, eclipses all-time greats

The win also sees Winx surpass Makybe Diva in the Australian prize money stakes, and also equalling Black Caviar's Group 1 wins at 15.

In joining Kingston Town as a three-time victor of Australia's most prestigious weight-for-age race, Winx also took her sequence to 22 consecutive victories.

While she broke her own record time, Winx had to hold off the Darren Weir-trained Humidor in a closer-than-expected finish in front of a sold-out crowd of 32,617 at Moonee Valley on Saturday. How's the other horse going?

He said when she won the 2015 Cox Plate as a four-year-old she weighed 505kgs, last year she was 515kg and yesterday she was 526kgs.

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. But we are in the presence of greatness.

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The jockey was keen to pay tribute to Waller, adding: "I think we're all proud of what we've achieved together, but I think Chris Waller needs to take a lot of the credit".

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

Waller admitted Winx, who has now won 22 races in a row, was a sitting duck towards the end. "She will be recognized 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". Winx has given her backers more heart palpitations this season, however. While the odds presented by Waller suggest Winx will now head for a much-deserved spell, the autumn is bound to hold plenty more excitement for Winx's loyal legion of fans both Down Under and around the globe, with her connections repeatedly reporting they are seriously entertaining global targets for their wonder mare.

LADBROKES COX PLATE-G1, A$3,050,000 (US$2,305,448/£1,756,093/€1,985,828), MVRC, 10-28, 3yo/up, Open Weight For Age, 2040mT, 2:02.94, Gd.

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