Cox Plate not necessarily the end for wonder mare Winx

Source: Michael Lynch

Could Winx go on beyond another Cox Plate should she triumph for the fourth successive time in the weight-for-age event next month?

Don’t bet against it.

Part owners Debbie Kepitis and Peter Tighe enthralled the audience at The Valley’s A Legendary Night on Tuesday when they spoke about their wonder mare, how they came to buy her and their ride along the way as first she became a champion and then a legend.

It’s been assumed for a long time that if she saluted at The Valley at the end of October and won a record fourth Cox Plate that might just be her swansong.

Aside from racing overseas she would have little to prove in Australia, and an overseas trip is now highly unlikely. With the benefit of hindsight, Winx’s owners admitted the time to travel might have been when she was a four year old rising five after her first Cox Plate: now she is a seven year old who would be rising eight next northern hemisphere summer.

But, as Tighe told the audience on Tuesday night, it might not be the end of the road after this spring.

”Chris (trainer Chris Waller) always says let Winx do the talking and she will tell us (when she is ready to call it quits).

”If she is to race in the Cox Plate it will put her out of the breeding season this year. That leaves the door ajar for early next year.

”It will be hard to take the racing away from her to send her to the breeding paddock,” Tighe said, saying much would depend on how she came through her exertions if she won a fourth plate.

”There’s going to be a time either late this year or early next year to make that decision.”