Winx is the Cox Plate victor

And she didn't disappoint, out-classing all opposition in the race. "It's more important about that than any other part of the weekend really".

THE legend of Winx goes from strength to strength, with the mighty mare recording her third successive Cox Plate.

"If she wants to prove herself over all distances The Everest is the race she needs to run in", Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'landys said.

"You don't have any emotion watching her".

"She's that little bit harder to get fit and maintain that fitness, because she's an older, more mature horse".

The Cox Plate drew a sellout crowd of more than 32,600.

Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club have also pitched the idea of Winx racing in next year's The Everest - Waller holds a slot in the $10million race - as the pursuit to host worldwide racing's most marketable asset heats up.

"I don't think we could have done it with any less", Waller said.

Directly on the Emirates, Waller added: "Whether she has another run this prep, when she goes overseas - if she goes overseas - it'll all unfold and be pretty obvious I would say".

"She's a lot stronger - as a rough guide, her first Cox Plate she was 505kg, her second Cox Plate she was 515kg, and yesterday she was about 526kg".

Bowman is the country's leading Group One jockey, and Waller is Australia's leading Group One trainer.

"Humidor has run out of his skin, absolutely". They got beaten by a good horse.

Connections have previously revealed a potential European campaign, including an appearance at Royal Ascot, is under consideration for next year, but Waller is keen to enjoy the moment.

"She's very good on her feet and she does like to go through her gears when she's cornering, particularly this way of going".

"She does love it here, there's no doubt about that", he said. I wouldn't make a decision until at least March.

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

Humidor's trainer Darren Weir has grown his stable over the past five years to be a serious challenger and already has a Melbourne Cup win with Prince Of Penzance in 2015.

"It was a great run today, but I'd rather we'd won".

"Blake rode him how we wanted him ridden last week", he said.

  • Eleanor Harrison