Winx owner Debbie Kepitis confronts journalist Matt Chapman after Cox Plate win

Ruben Holloway
October 31, 2018

It was the Chris Waller-trained seven-year-old's 29th win on the trot and her 22nd win at Group One level, seeing her leave three-time Cox Plate victor Kingston Town in her wake.

Winx had looked relaxed at the barriers before the race, and she was settled quickly in fourth or fifth behind early leaders D'argento and Benbatl.

Tighe said if Winx still wanted to be a racehorse when she didreturn to training later this year, then it was likely she would race on during the Sydney autumn carnival.

However, that hasn't deterred punters in the slightest.

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Waller says Australia's favourite horse will be sent for a spell with staff keeping a very close eye on her.

Therefore it was not unreasonable to wonder about the quality of competition Winx had faced in her Cox Plate hat-trick. "Winx has said everything we need to know", Chapman said.

"I haven't given up on a big bet yet", he said.

"To do this 28 times in a row shows she is superior to what she is racing against in this era".

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I will keep fighting for the team because we have a great squad here and great staff to help us to learn and improve our game. I know I always have a good relationship with you but my feeling is not the best feeling.

There had been speculation Team Winx might retire the great mare after her famous fourth Cox Plate but both men said no decision on her future would be made until later this year.

"I have won two group 1s on Benbatl and he is a very good horse and we think we have him in the right race". He was also much better at 2400 metres on a galloping track rather than the 2040-metre scamper round the tight Moonee Valley circuit.

"They came, we conquered".

Winx is a seven-year-old now and seemingly defying time, racing at an age most mares have been retired to the breeding barn.

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"That is why we are so lucky with Winx because her owners bought her to race and because she is in the form that she is and she is happy to race, they (owners) are happy to continue to do so".

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