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Which jockey is on the verge of winning Australian racing’s grand slam?

September 23, 2011

There have been many good jockeys in the history of Australian racing, but what sets the great, the legendary, apart from the very good?

Over the last fifty years in particular, there have been many ways in which this has been measured.

Some scribes would argue it is the number of Group 1 wins, some would maintain it is the number of overall wins, while others would be adamant inclusion in the Australian Racing Hall of Fame is a ticket to legendary status.

But the one feat, the one achievement that rises above all others is the ability to win Australian racing’s grand slam.

This comprises of the Golden Slipper, a two year old scamper over 1200m around a hairpin bend at Rosehill; the Caulfield Cup, a lap and a bit of the notoriously difficult Caulfield track; the Melbourne Cup, the race that stops the nation, where luck is a jockey’s greatest asset; and of course, the Cox Plate, Australasia’s weight for age championship around the tight Moonee Valley circuit.

To win all four races requires versatility, as each race requires different skills, different abilities in order to emerge victorious.

For a jockey to win all four races demonstrates that he is a horseman of the finest order, a rider destined to go into the history books as one of the all time greats.

Click through to the 2040Club’s Cox Plate Lunch website to find out which jockey can achieve the feat in this year’sMif Cox Plate.

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