Winx joins em­i­nent list in HOF

The Sportsman Weekend - - News -

CHAM­PION mare Winx has joined an elite band of race­horses to be in­ducted into the Aus­tralian Racing Hall Of Fame.

The Chris Waller-trained mare, un­beaten at her last 17 race starts, was one of 11 in­ductees from the ranks horses, jock­eys, train­ers and as­so­ciates an­nounced on Wed­nes­day.

Winx joins cham­pion mares Sun­line and Black Caviar as the only other horses to be in­ducted while still racing.

Chair­man of the Aus­tralian Hall Of Fame Greg Car­pen­ter said Winx was a de­serv­ing in­ductee.

“Winx has cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of racing fans across the globe and is undis­put­edly best mare in the world,” Car­pen­ter said.

Winx was one of four race­horses in the 2017 in­duc­tion.

The oth­ers are Archer, who won first two Mel­bourne Cups, along with of Hall Of Fame Leg­end Bart Cummings’ Mel­bourne Cup win­ners Light Fin­gers and Saintly.

Cham­pion Perth jockey John Miller cross-coun­try jockey Tommy Cor­ri­gan were the jock­eys in­ducted.

Miller rode in ex­cess of 2200 win­ners a ca­reer span­ning more than 40 years that saw him win many of Aus­tralia’s great­est races.

He had a a great as­so­ci­a­tion with Bart Cummings and Colin Hayes and in the 196667 sea­son won Caulfield, Mel­bourne Syd­ney Cups on Galilee.

Cor­ri­gan was a cham­pion jockey of the 1880’s on the flat and over jumps, and won seven Grand Na­tion­als.

When he died af­ter a race fall in 1894, a cortege of 250 ve­hi­cles at­tended his fu­neral.

Vic­to­rian train­ers Brian Courtney and Des Judd also joined the es­teemed list.

Round­ing out the in­ductees for 2017 are for­mer Vic­to­rian chair­man of stew­ards Ed­ward Spencer ‘ Alan’ Bell, Perth’s Lee-Steere fam­ily who have been prom­i­nent ad­min­is­tra­tors and five-time Mel­bourne Cup-win­ning owner Lloyd Willi­ams.

The Hall Of Fame cer­e­mony is held in Mel­bourne tonight.

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