Cox Plate 2018 news: Benbatl better backed than Winx

Pat Cosgrave (GB) returns to the mounting yard aboard Benbatl (GB) after winning the Ladbrokes Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse on October 13, 2018 in Caulfield, Australia. (George Salpigtidis/Racing Photos)

GODOLPHIN gun Benbatl is more popular with online bookmaker Sportsbet punters than Winx to win Saturday’s Cox Plate.

The wondermare Winx heads betting at $1.22, but second favourite Benbatl, in from $10 to $8.50, has received twice as many bets as the Chris Waller-trained champ.

Winx will be chasing an historic fourth Cox Plate win, and Sportsbet representative Ella Zampatti believes it will be a tall order for the seven competitors to topple the great mare.

“There are plenty of Benbatl fans that obviously think Winx’ winning streak is coming to an end on Saturday.

“It happens every year, but someone needs to tell them they’re dreaming.”

Winx Cox Plate betting highlights

  • In 2015 Winx opened at $17 and started $4.50, her longest price. Criterion (2nd) was the best backed to beat her.
  • 2016 saw Winx ($1.80) defeating Hartnell, who was the next most popular runner, by eight lengths. Winx opened $5.50.
  • In 2017 Happy Clapper (6th) was the best backed runner, by a slender margin. Winx starts at $1.18, her shortest quote for the Group 1.

Sportsbet has paid out over $40 million on her wins to date.

WATCH BELOW: Winx wins her second Cox Plate in 2016