Sport Racing Spring carnival over for Cox Plate heroine Winx

Spring carnival over for Cox Plate heroine Winx

Winx
Winx was the un-backable favourite to take out the race. Photo: AAP
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Winx will not race again this spring, with her connections deciding she deserves a break after her record-breaking Cox Plate victory at the weekend.

Her trainer Chris Waller said the champion mare had pulled up well following her eight-length triumph with the exception of a minor cut on a hind leg.

Waller said he and the owners considered running Winx in the $2 million Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington on November 5.

“However, we have carefully deliberated on what is best for the horse as well as ensuring she spends a reasonable period in the spelling paddock,” he said in a statement.

“Options such as travelling overseas and returning for a third Cox Plate in 2017 are also items the owners and I will discuss in the near future.”

Waller said he had been moved by the level of admiration for the champion five-year-old.

“Longevity is the key for this mare as it will provide many more special moments over the next 12 months and beyond.”

In other spring carnival news, 32 horses remain in contention for next week’s Melbourne Cup after second acceptances were taken on Monday.

There were no shock admissions from the list, which contained eight international runners inside the 24-horse cut-off for the final field.

Grand Marshal, winner of Saturday’s Moonee Valley Cup, has not been penalised for the victory and remains at 53.5kg for the Cup.

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