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Talking Horses: will European raiders halt Winx’s winning run?

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The remarkable mare goes for a 29th win in 29 on Saturday, but the Caulfield Cup result offers some hope for Europe

It was another highly satisfactory weekend for European stables in the Antipodes as runners from the northern hemisphere finished first, third and fourth in the Group One Caulfield Cup, an outcome that is likely to add to the jitters among local fans as the remarkable mare Winx, who is on a 28-race winning streak, attempts to make it 29 this weekend with an unprecedented fourth success in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

Winx is top-priced at 2-5 with British bookmakers for Saturday’s race, which could prove to be the last outing of her career, and only one other likely runner is on offer at single-figure odds. That horse, though, is Benbatl, the winner of three Group One races already this year including a Group One at Caulfield nine days ago, and rated no bigger than 6-1 to inflict defeat on Winx for the first time since April 2015.

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