The 2001 Gr.1 WS Cox Plate is one of those races in history where everyone has an opinion. Northerly beat Sunline in her attempt to win her third Cox Plate, and the three year-old Viscount got stuck in traffic. Everyone in racing has an opinion – who would have won without the interference? Who caused the interference? One thing will always be true. Northerly is in the record books as the winner of the 2001 Cox Plate and he did it again in 2002 (beating future dual winner Fields of Omagh).

Northerly (Serheed-North Bell, by Bellwater), nicknamed The Fighting Tiger, epitomised the will to win that differentiates a champion from a good horse. In his 37 starts, he won 19 times and won over $9million, but it’s not the statistics that makes a champion.