Avilius in order for Cup after Cox Plate

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Less than a day after Winx's historic fourth Cox Plate win, the question of when she will be retired is inevitable.

The Chris Waller-trained horse beat Benbatl, with Humidor - who almost caused an upset over Winx in last year's Cox Plate - finishing back in third.

Hugh Bowman never knocks Winx around, never subjects her to a hard race if he doesn't have to, so the margin of her victory - two lengths - should not be the measure by which this triumph is judged.

"I guess the emotion I'm feeling at the moment is relief - the build-up to her fourth Cox Plate has been so big, the hype has been so big, relief if the word for us and everyone here".

"Everyone gets so much joy and pleasure out of the superb ability of this wonderful horse".

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She produces quite breathtaking sectional times, able to run those crucial 200-metre splits faster than any horse in training.

"We would give everyone an indication of that race early on but as I have said for a while it is one run at a time and we just want to make sure everything is right with her". We'll race forward but don't need to lead. "She is a LEGEND and I'll be always proud of her", he wrote.

"This is going to be something he hasn't experienced before but I think his win at Caulfield will have really helped him, because it is a different track to what he has experienced before", Murphy said.

Winning trainer Chris Waller admitted being a little concerned as the field left the straight on the first occasion. "I was looking for Humidor coming off her back and seeing how the others were travelling but she had them covered a long way from home".

"It's very hard to say what is the best of the best, but as a day it is one I will never forget".

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