The Cox Plate has finally arrived and ended months of anticipation with Australasia’s champion mare Winx to join the throne alongside the “King” Kingston Town with three immortal wins in the weight-for-age championship.
The heart-throb of the turf is at the prohibitive odds of $1.15 to record her 22nd straight win by scoring at Moonee Valley today.
A massive crowd will be assembled to cheer the greatest mare ever seen in Australia to victory in what will be a spine-chilling moment for all. Sydney ace Hugh Bowman will be her guide again to immortality.
Long live the Queen!
The track will be perfect with the rail at the True Position and an early forecast of a Soft 7. The day will be perfect with a maximum of 20C forecast and cloudy.
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QUADDIES (races 7,8,9,10)
Skinny Play: 2,4 – 1,8 – 8 -2,9
Wide Play: 1,2,4,5 – 1,2,3,7,8 – 1,8,9 – 1,2,5,9
BEST BET: R4 – 8. DEMERARA
Next Best Bet: R6 – 1. BIG DUKE
Best Roughie: R3 – 9. EPTIMUM
No6 SETSUNA was unwanted in the betting at $21 but zoomed home with plenty of power to run second to Satin Slipper over in the Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on September 30. That was a grand start to the new 2yo season and the Sydney stable is doing very well in Melbourne.
No5 JAWWAAL Team Hayes was the No.1 juvenile yard for last season in Victoria. They again will have a powerful hand through their youngsters and this well-bred son of champion 2yo sire Snitzel should be a force. Has no trial form but the stable has its youngsters well-educated and would respect.
No4 BIONICS is by the leading young sire Hinchinbrook from an in-form stable. There is no trial form to watch but they have booked The Everest and Cranbourne Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy and he is riding red hot. Has a fair draw in seven and keep a close watching on any betting moves.
No11 TRILLI was super impressive in cruising to a comfortable win in an 800m trial at Cranbourne on October 10. Hard to say if the ones behind have much ability as all is still unknown but could not have done any better. She strikes some well-bred blueblood here but may prove superior.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 BIONICS
No2 BADAJOZ is a Godolphin-owned galloper who has been impressive at striking twice at Rosehill and Caulfield over 1100m at his past two starts. He jumps up 4kg to 58kg on his last start but he does get the red hot Kerrin McEvoy to partner again and starts from two.
No4 ROCK 'N' GOLD won the Apache Cat (1200m) in style at Cranbourne on October 15. Mark Zahra is the new rider and he goes up 2kg to 56kg here on his last-start win. He has a good record at this track and should get a fair run from gate nine.
No7 THELBURG strung together two smart wins before finishing third over 1400m at Sandown on May 27. He is resuming here and has a strong first-up record of a win and a second at three starts. Craig Williams replaces Ben Allen and he drops 5kg to the limit on 54kg.
No1 GUN CASE has been in blistering form winning three of his past five starts. Latest he ran a good third to Rock 'n' Gold in the Apache Cat (1200m) at Cranbourne on October 15. Trainer Darren Weir has booked Dean Yendall to ride on 60kg. Good record here.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 GUN CASE
No9 EPTIMUM (BEST ROUGHIE) is unbeaten at his two Victorian starts since coming down from Queensland. He spread-eagled his rivals for a convincing win over 1100m at Bendigo on October 11. Ryan Maloney keeps the ride and he drops a half-kilo to 56kg. He is worth looking at here.
No8 EXPERIMENTATION has been a model of honesty finishing either first or second at his three starts. Latest he ran second over 1200m here on September 29. He ran a handy second in a trial over 990m at Cranbourne on October 9 so he is ready for this encounter.
No4 TREKKING has been freshened up for this having his first start in eight weeks. Latest he ran a good fourth to Merchant Navy in the McNeil (1100m) at Caulfield on September 2. Ace Sydney rider Hugh Bowman replaces Craig Williams here and is one of the better chances.
No1 SINGLE BULLET ran a solid second in the Group 2 Roman Consul1200m) at Randwick on October 7. He will go up a kilo to 57.5kg here, but his form in stakes class at his two starts this campaign puts him in with great claims here. He should get a nice run from gate seven.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 EPTIMUM
No8 DEMERARA (BEST BET) has stamped herself as a class filly with two imposing wins at her only two starts. The Godolphin-trained 3yo strikes her own age and sex here and on her last start brilliant win over 1200m at Rosehill on September 27 looks hard to beat. Leading Sydney rider Brenton Avdulla has made the trip down to ride her at her Melbourne debut here.
No2 JORDA is a stablemate to Demerara and looks the main danger.
No1 LIMESTONE has been somewhat luckless this spring but can rebound here.
No3 ROOMOOZ won in very good style three starts ago. Last two disappointing but not given up.
No6 OREGON’S DAY drops back to racing against her own sex here after a strong run to finish fifth in the listed Weekend Hussler (1400m) at Caulfield on October 14. She was specked into $6 and today gets a change of rider with Damien Oliver back on board. Has a lot to offer.
No1 FRENCH EMOTION she finished under three-lengths behind the winner Now Or Later in the Group 2 Blazer (1400m) at Flemington on October 7. Sydney ace Hugh Bowman replaces Victorian rider Brad Rawiller and she has a great fondness for this track.
No5 INVINCIBELLA is the stablemate to French Emotion and gives Sydney trainer Chris Waller a very strong hand here. She is unbeaten at her two Sydney starts this campaign and won with authority last start over 1600m at Randwick on October 14. Top Sydney rider Tim Clarke keeps the mount.
No3 LUBITON must regard as a chance on her good second to Invincibella over 1600m at Randwick on October 14. Trainer Bjorn Baker has booked Sydney hoop Blake Shinn to ride again and from barrier six she should get a sweet run in transit.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 FRENCH EMOTION
No1 BIG DUKE (NEXT BEST BET) was far too strong for Auvray and Cisontane in the Sydney St Leger (2600m) as a $2.20 favourite at Randwick on October 14. He was favourite for last autumn’s Sydney Cup and with Brenton Avdulla keeping the ride looks a great bet here. He strikes only six opposition and over the 2500m is suited down to the ground. Class act.
No7 CISMONTANE was gallant in running third in the Sydney St Leger and can place again.
No2 LIBRAN ran a solid fifth in the Sydney St Leger and must again come in for selection.
No3 AUVRAY was outgunned by Big Duke in the St Leger, but again appeals as the main danger.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 CISONTANE
No2 BANISH stormed home to post a convincing but narrow win against fillies & mares over 1400m at Cranbourne on October 15. That was her third win at seven starts and she is back against her own age and sex here over 1600m. Craig Williams again rides and she makes strong appeal.
No5 SPEEDWAY copped a bump, which knocked her momentum at a critical time before finishing in the Group 3 Ethereal (2000m) at Caulfield last Saturday. She gives stablemate Banish strong support and gets the high flying Kerrin McEvoy as her new partner for this dance.
No6 PAGEANTRY had to do a mountain of work when trapped deep but kept on pushing forward to run seventh to Bring Me Roses in the Edward Manifold (1600m) at Flemington on October 7. Had no luck at her prior start and gets a change of rider with Mark Zahra taking the reins.
No4 MINTHA ran a great fifth in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) behind Aliosia at Caulfield on October 14. Stable rider Luke Currie is to ride and at her sole start here she ran a good second in a Group 3 over 1200m behind Queensland speedster Houtzen on September 29.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 PAGEANTRY
No1 IT’S SOMEWHAT won the Group 1 Doncaster over 1600m in Sydney last autumn. The Godolphin-trained 7yo ran on well to finish 10th in a blistering Alister Clarke (1400m) at Caulfield last start on October 1. The red hot Kerrin McEvoy rides and from barrier one he should get the perks in running.
No7 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE has a strong form line with his seventh in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick on September 30. His form in the lead up group races was full of merit and trainer Chris Waller has booked top Melbourne jockey Craig Williams to ride.
No4 RELIGIFY is a stablemate to Antonio Giuseppe and on his last-start second in the Listed Weekend Hussler (1400m) at Caulfield on October 14 he rates with chances here. That was his first start back from a spell and he has a sound second-up record. Hugh Bowman rides.
No8 SOUND PROPOSITION is having his third start back from a spell and looks primed following his strong fifth to Happy Clapper in the Group 1 Epsom (1600m) at Randwick on September 30. He won two in a row over 1600m and 1800m at Randwick last prep and Corey Brown rides.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE
No8 WINX is the queen of the Australasian turf and is chasing Kingston Town’s long-standing record of three Cox Plates. The bookmakers and everybody else thinks it will be a stroll in the park with her at a $1.15 favourite to win her 22nd race in a row and claim immortality as the greatest mare of them all.
No1 HAPPY CLAPPER is the Epsom winner and loomed to beat Winx three starts ago when she botched the start in the George Main (1600m) at Randwick on September 16. Forgive his last-start second as an odds-on favourite over 2000m at Randwick on October 14. Damien Oliver is the new rider.
No5 FOLKSWOOD could not have made a bigger splash than his stroll to win the Cranbourne Cup (2025m) at his Australian debut on October 25. His trainer Charlie Appleby has an outstanding record here at his visits and top jockey Kerrin McEvoy will ride again. Rates as a top place chance.
No9 ROYAL SYMPHONY is a 3yo and they always finish well in the Cox Plate because of their weight advantage. He is a class colt and trainer Tony McEvoy has booked top light-weight jockey dean Yendall to ride on 49.5kg. He has drawn ideally in seven.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 ROYAL SYMPHONY
No9 ALOISIA is a New Zealand filly who brilliantly won the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 14. She strikes the 3yo colts & geldings here over 2040m but the step up in distance is not an issue. She is at her peak and gets 2kg off the males on 55kg.
No5 VIN DE DANCE is a lightly-raced New Zealand galloper who will be improved on his Australian debut third to Temple Of Bel over 1400m at Caulfield on October 18. He does step up in class but is astute hands and Damien Oliver has elected to stick to him.
No1 CLIFF’S EDGE showed his opposition a clean pair of plates throughout to score impressively in the Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) last Saturday. He is race tough now and can handle the quick back up here. Mark Zahra is the new rider replacing John Allen and rides on 57kg.
No2 SANCTIONED had to weave between runners to finish eighth to Mighty Boss in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 14. He has kept coming at them at each start this campaign in elite company. The step up to 2040m appears to suit and respect.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 VIN DE DANCE