Winx joins eminent list in HOF
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.