Huge crowd at Ferguson Park for Cox Plate

Winx's strapper Umut Odemislioglu walks with the glamour horse after a galloping session in Melbourne this week

Winx's strapper Umut Odemislioglu walks with the glamour horse after a galloping session in Melbourne this week

"Winx has said everything we need to know", Chapman said.

"I won't say yes or no because I don't think it's fair really on the horse or the discussions we've had with the owners", he told reporters.

It makes it a fresh test from beating up the usual suspects in Australia's top 1m races but Bowman is not losing much sleep. Which in one respect is a shame, because she's nearly certainly the only Australian horse that could win it.

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Weir said Humidor ran a great race but had found two better in Winx and overseas challenger Benbatl.

Waller has said all week that "only bad luck or an absolute champion" can prevent Winx from claiming a fourth victory in the race.

Bowman had Winx into her rhythm quickly down the straight the first time and even though the champion mare was travelling in a three wide position, Bowman was happy to keep her out there out of trouble.

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"Not only is she good enough to win these races, she is good enough to overcome problems and still win. 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".

The mighty mare smashed legendary sprinter Black Caviar's Australian win record in August when she made it 26 in a row at a race named in her honour.

"This has been 12 months in the making, so it is a relief just to get to this day, " Waller said.

"When the race is on, you're nearly going into shock".

Trainer Chris Waller was similarly emotional. If we did we would see stronger racing but the reality is they just can't continue racing because they are so valuable.

"They came, we conquered, bring on anything you want to bring here, she is fantastic".

"Also, Chris's management and his discipline in not over-racing her is why she is still racing at the peak of her form".

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