Folkswood runs PB in G1 Cox Plate placing

Winx relaxes before today’s big race

Winx relaxes before today’s big

"She's in fantastic form", he said.

"We are ready for anything".

He watched the race in the quiet of the weighing room and with no perceptible change to his demeanour.

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".

CHAMPION jockey Damien Oliver will miss the chance of a possible record-equalling fourth Melbourne Cup win on $7 equal favourite Almandin after he was suspended by stewards for 20 meetings on an improper riding charge. I have had an unbelievable career and Winx delivered me my first major group one in this exact race three years ago and she has now delivered me with my only other two. Her prize money is a tick over $15.6 million, an Australian record. She broke her own track record by 0.04 seconds, with a time of two minutes, 2.94 seconds.

For a few fleeting strides Darren Weir thought he was going to pull off an improbable Cox Plate victory.

Folkswood's owner Sheikh Mohammed had an global runner finish in the placings in 2002 when Grandera ran third, while two years ago globetrotting star Highland Reel from the O'Brien stable was third to Winx. It's been such a build-up and I'm lost for words.

McEvoy, who was striving to win his first Cox Plate, said Folkswood was fearless. But trying to compare one horse to another, they're all different.

"We are in the presence of greatness", an emotional Bowman said after the race.

".She will be recognized as one of the greatest horses to grace the Australian turf, and to be part of her career, I can't explain how much that means".

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.

Winx's trainer Chris Waller congratulated Humidor for running "a very good horse" so close.

Weir said that Lucky Hussler has had some several minor issues over the last twelve months and congratulated his team on getting him back to the winner's stall.

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