MVRC and Others Seek Infusion of New Blood in Australian Racing

She certainly scares the locals, so is it any wonder that some of the international contenders for the 2017 Cox Plate might want to avoid a matchup against Winx?

While Waller’s super mare has a leisurely spell, for some, October is not that far distant. Any internationals that would like to try their fortune have to be examining the logistics of getting a thoroughbred from Europe, Asia, or even the U.S. to the Moonee Valley venue, along with the quarantine considerations and some time to acclimate.

The Moonee Valley Racing Club has thus far invited eight to take part in the $3 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate on October 28.

Moonee Valley Chief Executive Michael Browell would like to see some international competitors. The Cox Plate has gained some notoriety around the world, but that represents a conundrum for international connections that may be wary of having a reputation permanently placed into a state of disrepute should they fall, as have most others, to the mighty mare going for her third consecutive Cox Plate victory.

When Browell and his associate Don Casboult, MVRC Chairman, went to Japan on a recruiting mission, anyone involved in the discussion sought information on Winx.

With Winx carrying the world number one rating on turf, it would seem problematic to undertake the long journey to Moonee Valley when equally lucrative opportunities exist nearer to home.

Moonee Valley would like to attract a horse from Japan. Last year’s Japanese Derby winner, Makahiki, along with Queen Elizabeth II winner Norealism are two that the MVRC would like to attract.

Norealism owner Kotsumi Yoshida expressed some interest, with one possible attraction being exposing his stallion to Australia’s broodmare population. Winning a feature race in Australia would open up the broodmare pool.

There are other Australian races that would like to attract some foreign involvement, including the Caulfield Stakes and the Emirates Stakes.

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