Champion mare Winx has been installed the $3 favourite for the 2017 Cox Plate (2040m) which is set to take place at Moonee Valley on October 28.
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The daughter of Street Cry broke Might And Power’s long-standing track record in her first Cox Plate win and then set a winning margin record during her second attempt when defeating Hartnell by eight lengths.
Having won her past 13 starts in a row, it’s hard to see anything beating her if she returns in the same order, and although $3 doesn’t seem like a massive price, she will start much shorter if she takes her place.
Winx will be aiming to emulate the deeds of Kingston Town; the only horse in history to win three Cox Plates (1980-82).
2016 Cox Plate 3rd placegetter Yankee Rose looks the likely danger to Winx and is the second favourite at $17.
It’s doubtful Winx could have placed in a Cox Plate as a three-year-old, and if Yankee Rose can go to the next level as a four-year-old mare, she could be the heir apparent to Winx.
Hartnell is a $26 chance to go one better in 2017, while Sacred Elixir and Melbourne Cup winner Almandin are also on the same line of betting.
2017 Cox Plate all-in market courtesy of bet365:
Winx - $3
Yankee Rose - $17
Hartnell - $26
Jameka - $26
Sacred Elixir- $26
Almandin - $26
Vadamos - $34
Divine Prophet - $34
Highland Reel - $34
OTHERS - $51
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