Premier trainer Chris Waller has ticked all the boxes for champion mare Winx on race morning for the 2018 Group 1 $5m Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley.
Waller tweeted this morning along with a video of Winx of doing her early morning exercise that the mare had ate all of her dinner overnight, that her temperature was normal and everyone in the Waller camp is happy heading to The Valley today to see Winx attempt to win her fourth consecutive Cox Plate.
“Early morning canter, √, Ate dinner, √, Temperature, √, Everyone in the team happy, √. Thanks everyone for all your support,” Waller tweeted.
As well as trying to re-write the history books with a fourth straight Cox Plate victory, Winx is also saddling up for her twenty-ninth straight win and overall win number thirty-three.
Regular rider Hugh Bowman is in the saddle again and Winx will jump from barrier six in the eight horse Cox Plate field.
The world’s number one rated race horse is at the short quote of $1.22 at Ladborkes.com.au to find the Cox Plate winner’s stall again, way ahead of her nearest rival in the betting Benbatl at $8.50.
Winx kept her winning momentum going with a last start win in the Group 1 $500,000 Seppelt Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 6 while the Godolphin owned Benbatl is coming off a hard fought win in the Group 1 $1m Ladbrokes Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield a fortnight ago.
On the third line of betting at $17 is last year’s Cox Plate runner up Humidor while Winx’s stablemate D’Argento is listed as one of the outsiders of the field at $34.
The Moonee Valley track has been rated a Good 4 on Cox Plate morning while the rail is in the true position for the entire course.