The two most beautiful minutes of sport: The Cox Plate




As we dust off the Caulfield Cup and Everest, we move on to the two biggest minutes in sport on the planet, Australasia’s weight-for-age championships, The WS Cox Plate.

But before moving on to the Plate, I need to get an idea of ​​Saturday’s featured event.

In Everest, Nature Strip was extremely brave in speed after working from the wide fairway. One of my pre-race fears was that Nature Strip would use too much gas and feel the pinch late. Saying that, he was looking at the winner in the 200m, 100m, 50m, but they got him late.

Three-year-old undefeated Giga Kick flew past Private Eye and Mazu brilliantly from the shadows. The turn of the foot was electric and this arrival could be a symbolic changing of the guard.

It was a stellar practice performance from Clayton Douglas, who has only been in the coaching ranks for 18 months. Bow down.

And Craig Williams is now the first jockey to complete the “Golden Grand Slam” of the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate, Golden Slipper and Everest. What a performance.

The Caulfield Cup was not a classic feature edition, but it produced a classic finish. Newcastle and Wyong Cup winner Durston grew some wings late and collected Gold Trip straight off the wire.

Knights Order was brave in third and had some really great “cutting races” that I’ll be watching again and again over the next week.

Chris Waller has opened his trophy cabinet again, which is a bit of a formality for this time of year. Montefilia and Duais looked set for the next start, but I don’t think the Melbourne Cup winner ran on Saturday.

So You Think, Kingstown Town, Makybe Diva and four-time champion Winx are just a few names synonymous with Cox Plate.

Why is it the best two minutes of sport? Its uniqueness.

the amphitheater
The Moonee Valley installation creates a musical bowl-like experience, where the atmosphere is loud, electric and passionate. 25,000 sounds like 100,000 and they are usually made up of avid bettors and horse racing fans. When they jump up the straight, there’s nowhere else in the world a sports fan should be.

Weight-for-age requirements
WFA terms aren’t unique, but there aren’t many WFA features in the world that are over 100 years old, targeted by international owners and coaches (the last three winners have been internationals), with a price in cash reaching $5 million.

Legacy and significance
Champions and legends of yesteryear usually have the Cox Plate on their resume. From a breeding and heritage perspective, the Cox Plate is one of, if not the most crucial and focused breed. Most of our best have won or tried to win this race.

I can’t wait to be there on Saturday.




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