The Melbourne Cup is the most iconic race in Australia, but if you asked anyone what the best race in Australia is, more often than not, the answer will be the Cox Plate, and it’s not hard to figure out. It’s a place where legends are made. It’s regarded as the best two minutes of Australian sport.
History was made in 2017 when champion mare Winx stamped herself as one of the all time greats when winning her third straight Cox Plate and joining Kingston Town as winners of the race on three occasions. The lure is there for Winx to sit alone and win a fourth straight in the 2018 Cox Plate, but there is the Autumn to get through first as well as a possible overseas trip. And of course, a new wave of up and comers.
As to who could potentially challenge the great mare is the unknown. The top seed is probably the horse that came close to beating her in 2017, Humidor. During her current winning streak, he is the lone horse to come from behind her and get close to beating her. He has been tried as a 2400m horse, but off the Cox Plate run in 2017, you get the feeling he will be kept to 2000m. He could have a stablemate alongside him in the race with Cliff’s Edge, a talented front running type who came on in leaps and bounds during the 2017 Spring Carnival.
In terms of other mares, Australian racing is a bit light over a trip, but the shining light could well be Aloisia. She was a dominant winner of the 2017 Thousand Guineas before being a raging odds on favourite for the Kennedy Oaks, where things didn’t go to plan. She is lightly raced with a stack of upside to come so it’ll be interesting to see where she goes in the Spring of 2018.