Nominations for the 2018 Cox Plate were released yesterday (7th August). Winx will go for a record fourth Cox Plate in just over a couple of months time but the list of rivals at this stage for the race is a real who’s who’s of the equine world.
Just imagine if this lot show-up at Moonee Valley Racecourse in October. Aidan O’Brien has G.1 winners Saxon Warrior, Lancaster Bomber, Deauville, Hydrangea, Rhododendron and Happily amongst his entries. Europe’s top rated horse Poet's Word is in there for Sir Michael Stoute whilst Godolphin have entered Benbatl, Blair House, Emotionless and Folkswood.
They wouldn’t send her to Ascot so maybe, just maybe, Europe will send it’s best to the land down under and we will finally find out just how good she really is. Is she truly out of the top drawer or just a flat track bully who has been roughing up some average Antipodean hacks?