COMMENT | Old boys’ club: why the lack of diversity in the Cox Plate is troubling
For the first time in the century-old history of the Cox Plate there will be no fillies, mares, or three-year-olds in the famous weight-for-age race. It is just a fluke occurrence, or does it point to a worrying trend in Australian racing?
Winx’s unprecedented four-year domination of the Cox Plate from 2015 to 2018 proved that when it came to the battle of the sexes in elite Australian horse racing, the best fillies and mares were more than a match for the best colts, geldings and entires in the land.
But fast forward to the 2022 edition of the race historically regarded as Australia’s weight-for-age championship and we see that for the first time in nine years, there are no fillies and mares engaged.
Australia’s three greatest horses of the 21st century, Makybe Diva, Winx and Black Caviar, may have all been mares, but as things has evolved this spring, with Verry Elleegant off on a French adventure and Duais aimed instead at a Cups campaign, there has been no filly or mare aimed at one of the country’s great races.
Compounding that is a lack of a three-year-old contender for the race for the first time in four years and just the sixth time since 1990.