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Japanese Mare Lys Gracieux Captures Cox Plate

Japanese-trained mare Lys Gracieux prevailed in the 2019 Cox Plate as the $2.50 favorite, giving jockey Damian Lane his first win in the premier Australian contest. Trained by Yoshito Yahagi, the daughter of Heart’s Cry defeated Castelvecchio by 1 1/2 lengths. “She’s a genuine superstar,” Lane told Yahoo Sport. “I’ve said a few times this week she’s […]

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Australia: After Winx’s Four-Peat, Time For A New Name On The Cox Plate

The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most famous race, but the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley – run this Friday night, has long been the country’s best race. The “Cup” is a two-mile handicap, but the “Plate” is a mile-and-a-quarter weight-for-age contest whose winners’ list reads like an honor roll of the nation’s finest steeds. “The […]

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Winx Shows Steady Pace In First Barrier Trial Of 2019

On Tuesday morning at Rosehill, Australian superstar Winx cruised through her first barrier trial of the 2019 season. In true Winx-ian form, reports sportingnews.com, the mare coasted around the course to finish the 900-meter trial in seventh, as usual not asked to display any of her talent by jockey Hugh Bowman. It was the 12th consecutive […]

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Winx ‘In Excellent Condition,’ Prepares For Final Campaign In 2019

Australian superstar mare Winx will race in 2019, trainer Chris Waller told channelnewsasia.com on Friday. The 7-year-old daughter of Street Cry will look to extend her 29-race win streak with a return to the track in February’s G2 Apollo Stakes at Royal Randwick, and could make her final start in April’s G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes. “We […]

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Winx Back In Pre-Training, Campaign ‘Likely’ In 2019

It’s looking a good bet race fans will get to see another year of Winx on the track. Trainer Chris Waller said on Twitter Tuesday the winner of 29 consecutive races, including four straight Cox Plates, is coming back off a rest and that a campaign for next spring (fall in Australia) is ‘likely.’ She’ll […]

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No Talk Of Retiring Winx: Australian Champion May Race One More Year

Trainer Chris Waller reiterated that there has been no discussion about retiring Australian superstar Winx, according to foxsports.com.au. Following her record-setting fourth Cox Plate triumph the mare will get a well-deserved rest, but she may well return for another campaign next year. “We will all sit down and talk about her future in a few weeks,” […]

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Team Winx ‘Emotional’ After Mare’s Electric Record-Setting Cox Plate Victory

She’s done it. Australia’s Winx captured her 29th straight race on Saturday, and in so doing became the first horse to ever win the prestigious Cox Plate four times. According to news.com.au, the star mare made the victory look easy, defeated Benbatl and Humidor with her patented stretch run. “I can’t believe it,” said jockey Hugh […]

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Weekend Lineup: Final Preparations

With the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs looming just one week away, connections across the country are preparing their contenders with final workouts, shipping plans and crossed fingers this weekend. A quartet of graded stakes highlights the North American racing action, and Australian supermare Winx will challenge for an another Cox Plate triumph […]

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Haslett: Where Were You When Winx Chased Home Fourth Straight Cox Plate?

Are you ready to watch Australian super-mare Winx make history this weekend at Melbourne’s Moonee Valley racecourse? If she achieves an unprecedented fourth-straight G1 Cox Plate, her legacy would arguably surpass the achievements of Zenyatta and American Pharaoh. All that stands between Winx and legendary status are Godolphin’s Benbatl and local rival Humidor. From 2015 to […]

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‘Sporting Great’ Winx Absolutely ‘Electric’ Ahead Of Cox Plate

Australian supermare Winx is preparing to defend her title in the Cox Plate for a record fourth time on Saturday, and trainer Chris Waller told The Sydney Morning Herald that the 7-year-old is ready to show her best effort. “She is just electric at the moment,” Waller said. “She is simply in the zone. I don’t […]

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