Cox Plate Nominations - Winx heads 135 entries for 2018 Cox Plate

  • Winx aiming for fourth consecutive win in the Cox Plate
  • 135 entries at the first nominations stage

An unprecedented fourth Cox Plate victory looms for Winx, but the champion mare may face her toughest test to date with Europe’s highest rated galloper, Poet’s Word, featuring among Tuesday’s nominations. 

In total, there are 135 entries for the $5 million showpiece which is set to take place at Moonee Valley on October 27.

Winx has been untouchable in three Cox Plate wins – breaking the track record twice and setting a new winning margin record on the other occasion – and the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Poet’s Word recently claimed the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

This possible sets up a mouth-watering clash between the southern and northern hemisphere heavyweights. 

As well as Winx, trainer Chris Waller has further 14 entries for the 98th renewal of the Cox Plate with the likes of: Eggtart, Youngstar, Comin’ Through, The Autumn Sun, D’argento and Unforgotten in the mix.

Legendary Irish horseman Aidan O’Brien is also strongly represented with 14 nominations which includes Group 1 winners: Lancaster Bomber, Deauville, Hydrangea, Rhododendron and Happily.    

Racing Victoria (RV) Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, said: 

“The countdown to this year’s Spring Racing Carnival, which will offer record prizemoney and bonuses in excess of $84 million, has officially begun with today’s release of these feature race nominations. 
“This year’s Ladbrokes Cox Plate is shaping as a moment in history not to be missed, with several elite horses from both home and abroad nominated alongside Winx, the undisputed champion who will be chasing a record fourth consecutive win. 
“It’s testimony to the stature of this race that we’ve received such strong international nominations from France, Japan, England and Ireland, including a record 14 entries from Aidan O’Brien, of which six are Group 1 winners.”


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Cox Plate Nominations - Winx heads 135 entries for 2018 Cox Plate

An unprecedented fourth Cox Plate victory looms for Winx, but the champion mare may face her toughest test to date with Europe’s highest rated galloper, Poet’s Word, featuring among Tuesday’s nominations.

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