Vin Cox Thoroughbred Extraordinaire

Vin Cox Thoroughbred Extraordinaire


Featured Image: Godolphin’s Australian boss Vin Cox after ‘Anamoe’ won the Group I Might and Power at Caulfield. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty Images

Authors note: The rise-and-rise of Vin Cox in Australian and International thoroughbred racing and breeding has been steadily stratospheric to put it mildly. I’m reminded of the time he and William Huntingdon had dinner with us at ‘Geraldton’. Vin has a uniquely Australian pedigree. He’s a direct descendent of William Cox (19 December 1764 – 15 March 1837) an English soldier, known as an explorer, road builder and pioneer in the early period of British settlement of Australia.

Vin Cox has an international profile with significant expertise in racing, bloodstock, thoroughbred sales, business development and strategic growth.

He is currently Managing Director of Godolphin Australia following seven years as Managing Director of Magic Millions, which saw the Queensland business become the largest thoroughbred auction business in Australia.

He was instrumental in establishing the Gold Coast Carnival and the $10m Magic Millions Race day. He successfully negotiated a multi-million-dollar grant with the Queensland Government, which increased tourism and brought economic benefits to the local economy.

He also managed the redevelopment of the Magic Millions Complex.

Prior to his time at Magic Millions, he set up and operated his own Bloodstock Consultancy for eight years, having completed 14 years with William Inglis as an Associate Director, Auctioneer and Bloodstock Consultant.

Vin was Chairman of the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers, where he led dynamic changes to include Hong Kong in the “Blue Book” for internationally recognised graded and listed races, while advancing Korea to be recognised for its Black Type racing.

He was the Australasian representative for Keeneland Association Kentucky USA (2003 – 2018) and currently serves on the Australian Pattern Committee in its various forms.

With horse welfare front of mind in the racing world, he recently joined the Thoroughbred Aftercare Welfare Working Group.

He has been a Committee Member for the Bligh Amateur Race Club since 1995, serving as its President from 2010 – 2014.