Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Avilius in order for Cup after Cox Plate

Avilius in order for Cup after Cox Plate

"I can not believe it". The fact she's been able to do it so many times consecutively just speaks volumes for the management of her.

And the man labelled a d***head by Winx trainer Chris Waller had little to say in return.

"While we greatly respect Winx, we are happy to compete against her". She only performs under pressure, that was my only concern see her unleash as she does.

The injury is also expected to rule the two-time Cox Plate placegetter and three-time Group I victor, out of the autumn carnival next year.

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

We usually get those who have been tried at the top level and, even though they might have performed with credit, have been found wanting.

The number of European gallopers imported to these shores who end up winning our major races illustrates this.

Humidor's spring demise opens the door for another horse to grab a Melbourne Cup place as the six-year-old was third in the order of entry prior to Monday's second declarations. His rating of 123 made him the second-highest ranked worldwide horse to race in the Plate, and his multiple group 1 record franked his toughness and quality.

"Back home we feel Winx is beating fairly moderate horses", Chapman said.

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

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

Oisin Murphy thought he was a chance on the home turn when Benbatl passed the pacemakers but the Saeed Bin Suroor trained stallion was left gasping for air as Winx cruised by to the cheers of the crowd.

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