The Robert Smerdon trained Fontiton smashed her rivals in the opener on Sportingbet Cox Plate Day, winning the $250,000 Inglis Banner for 2yo’s by six lengths. It was visually stunning, something rarely seen in 1000m races. The win has ‘ratings experts’ salivating at what her future may hold.
Over 35,000 fans flocked to The Valley during the Cox Plate Carnival to witness 17 races in less than 24 hours, many on course describing the two Group One races as ‘the best finishes to the Manikato Stakes and Cox Plate in the past decade’.
COX Plate favourite Fawkner has drawn ideally for Saturday’s big race, but import Adelaide and rags-to-riches Tasmanian galloper The Cleaner fared poorly.
LANKAN Rupee’s jockey Craig Newitt admitted the sprint star’s barrier nine is far from ideal heading into Friday night’s Manikato Stakes.
With the Sportingbet Cox Plate just under two weeks away, a list of 41 third acceptors was announced yesterday.
Second acceptances for the Sportingbet Manikato Stakes, the feature race held on Cox Plate eve were announced yesterday.
AT 65, Paul Beshara was a typical grey nomad cruising around Asia and then marvelling at Australia’s beauty in a caravan.
TASSIE front running cult hero The Cleaner came through his dress rehearsal for the Cox Plate with a typical gutsy performance to lead throughout to win the JRA Cup (2040m).
Trainer Gai Waterhouse has revealed that she has set rising three-year-old Almalad for the 2014 Sportingbet Cox Plate that will be held at Moonee Valley on October 25 during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.
Trainer Paul Beshara said the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes winner Happy Trails was progressing well ahead of his racetrack return and would follow a similar path to last year which culminated in a narrow miss in the $3 million Cox Plate behind Shamus Award at Moonee Valley last October.
A Sportingbet Cox Plate appearance is still part of the plans for Simon O’Donnell and Terry Henderson’s Melbourne-based bloodstock company OTI after their recent French purchase Gailo Chop finished fourth in the Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes at New York.
Connections of Mukhadram will give thought to the Sportingbet Cox Plate later in the campaign after the Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned galloper broke through at Group One level in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown.
Singapore Airlines International Cup winner Dan Excel has arrived in Sydney ahead of his preparation for the Sportingbet Cox Plate.
FRENCH stayer Gailo Chop, who now competes in the OTI Racing colours of Simon O’Donnell and Terry Henderson, will loom into Cox Plate calculations if he performs well in Saturday’s Belmont Derby in New York.
One-time boom New Zealand colt Cauthen is back in work and out to follow a compatriot’s well-worn path to Sportingbet Cox Plate (2040m) success.
Trainer Donna Logan is yet to decide on a 2014 Spring Racing Carnival target for Australian Oaks winner Rising Romance, but revealed that the rising four-year-old will be nominated for the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and Group 1 Sportingbet Cox Plate (2040m).
Rising four year old Dissident will be aimed towards the Group 1 $3m Sportingbet Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 25 during the Melbourne Spring Carnival.
Trainer Gai Waterhouse has revealed that the 2014 Sportingbet Cox Plate is the most likely Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival target for imported galloper Carlton House.
The Moonee Valley Racing Club has today issued first round invitations to ten of the leading Weight-For-Age middle distance thoroughbreds from all areas of the globe to contest the Group 1 $3M 2014 Sportingbet Cox Plate (2040 metres) on Saturday 25th October.
Flemington trainer Mark Kavanagh is confident that a rejuvenated Super Cool can make his mark on the upcoming Spring Racing Carnival.