Chris Waller's incredible mare had won the Moonee Valley showpiece in each of the last two years and having looked better than ever when dominating her rivals in the Turnbull Stakes three weeks ago, her first success at Flemington, she was unsurprisingly a red-hot favourite to emulate the great Kingston Town, who won the Cox Plate three times in the early 1980s.
"I was born the year that Kingston Town (the other three-time victor of the Cox Plate) won his first Cox Plate and to think that she has emulated the great ... trying to compare one horse to another, they are always different animals at the end of the day, but we are in the presence of greatness".
Winning jockey Hugh Bowman said afterwards: "I just can't explain, really".
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".
"To be able to manage an animal like this and bring her back three years in a row to peak on one particular day, I think it goes unnoticed", he said.
"We are in the presence of greatness and she will be recognised as one of the greatest horses to have graced the Australian turf".
"You never know what is going to happen on a racetrack". Three more successive wins will put her equal with that unbeaten mare's record 25 straight victories.
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Winx has resumed in the Apollo Stakes for the past two years, which will be run on February 17, so if she goes this way she will only have a short autumn campaign if she is heading to Europe.
Blake Shinn had other ideas on Humidor ($31) and chased hard, coming to within a long neck and forcing the mare to better the record 2min02.98sec she set for the 2040m in her first Cox Plate by.04sec.
Winx's trainer Chris Waller congratulated Humidor for running "a very good horse" so close.
"Fortunately we've never gone run one too far and fortunately we've got a horse that's come back and rewarded us each and every preparation".
Bowman is the country's leading Group One jockey, and Waller is Australia's leading Group One trainer. They have run second to a very good horse.
"In the stable he's just as popular as Winx", Waller said. "We would love to have her".