Time for the thoroughbreds to stamp their hooves again upon the national consciousness. The Caulfield Cup (Oct 21) has Hartnell as early favourite, rather than serving as a foil to superstar Winx (above) like last year. And as it would happen, the mighty mare is chasing a historic third straight win in the Cox Plate (Oct
28), a status held alone by Kingston Town. Victory would also see Winx surpass Makybe Diva as the highest prizemoney earner in Australasia, which should draw extra aention to Moonee Valley. But when it comes to eyeballs, the Melbourne
Cup (Nov 7) remains supreme, and it will be interesting to see if top-weight Irish stayer Order of St George makes the trip to Flemington.