Win it once and you're the best of your generation. Twice and you’re a champion. Three times and you’re a legend like Kingston Town.
Win the Cox Plate four times and you’re Winx. Immortal and the best of all time.
Former Bathurst apprentice Hugh Bowman has had the honour of riding the mare for all of those victories, the latest of which came in front of a passionate crowd on Saturday.
Bowman returned home on Winx with a smile, and maybe a tear in the corner of his eye. The tough boy from Dunedoo had just ridden the winner of the third-fastest Cox Plate in history. The two faster victories were run by Winx in 2015 and last year.
“I’m lost for words. Everybody watching her gets so much pleasure from her, out of her superb ability,” Bowman said.
“The fact she’s been able to do so many times consecutively just speaks volumes of the management of her."
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Winx has surpassed greats from around the world, including Frankel and Zenyatta, by winning her 10th group 1 in row.
There was anticipation as the field rolled to 600m on Saturday, as Winx's superiority was about to become clear.
Winx rolled up outside stablemate D’argento and Coolmore’s Rostropovich with main challenger Godolphin’s Benbatl.
By the 400m mark, those to her inside were under pressure, with Hugh Bowman still waiting to push the turbo button.
When he did Benbatl went with her for 100 metres, but he melted like so many of Winx's challengers before.