Moonee Valley Seeks Bump in Cox Plate Prizemoney to Lure Winx
No one knows for certain what Chris Waller and Winx’s connections’ plan for her beyond this weekend’s Cox Plate at Moonee Valley, but the thought of a racing world without her presence has apparently caused enough anxiety amongst the Moonee Valley nabobs that they have floated a plan to bump the prizemoney for the race up to $4 million in an effort to entice Winx’s decision makers to keep her going as a seven-year-old and attempt to pass Kingston Town’s three wins with a fourth.
The Cox Plate is currently worth $3 million. $1.85 million of that went to Sydney’s might mare, roughly 60 percent of the total, so an increase of $1 million conceivably is worth an extra $600,000 to the winner.
If she wins the Cox Plate, Winx will surpass Makybe Diva for the prizemoney title, so it is hard to think that Waller et al. would want to risk her profitable future as a stud for an extra $600,000, but we do not claim any inside information.
It might be on their minds to run her in the autumn, solely for the purposed of catching and passing Black Caviar’s 25-consectuvie wins, but there again, this is a strategy that has not much arguing in its favour.
Currently, there is some speculation that Winx might have a run following the Cox Plate in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (2000 m) on November 11, but Waller’s pattern does not seem to suggest that he will not send Winx down for a spell, just as he did last year, when other than trials, she did not compete in earnest from October 2016 until February of 2017.
The Emirates Stakes is worth $2 million, with $1.2 million of that going to 2016 winner Awesome Rock. It was run on November 5 last year. With this year’s Cox Plate coming on October 28 and the Emirates Stakes moved up to November 11 this year, there is enough time for Winx to recover and add to her haul, but that is not the most likely scenario.