Can More Joyous Beat So You Think in the 2010 Cox Plate?

Tomorrow at Moonee Valley Racecourse the most anticipated weight-for-age showdown in Australia will take place when the 2010 Cox Plate lights up the track, but the big question on all the punters lips is can any horse beat reigning champion So You Think?

Bart Cummings’ boom four-year-old has dominated the Cox Plate betting markets since odds were released, and now the son of High Chaparral is the red hot favourite paying $1.50 to win the $3 million event at Luxbet.

So You Think raced into the spotlight 12 months ago claiming a devastating 2 and a half length win in the 2009 Cox Plate at just his fifth start and the emerging superstar has done nothing but continue to stamp his dominance on the racing scene since.

This spring So You Think has driven his record to six wins from nine starts, unbeaten this preparation with three consecutive victories in the Memsie Stakes (1400m), Underwood Stakes (1800m) and then his blistering success in the Group 1 Yalumba Stakes (2000m) last start.

It has been the ideal Cox Plate lead-up with genius trainer Cummings preparing So You Think to perfection as he vies for back-to-back wins.

But the 2010 Cox Plate isn’t done and dusted just yet, despite what the betting markets suggest, and there are still nine other hopeful runners ready to line up tomorrow and cause an upset.

The second favourite to win and seemingly So You Think’s biggest threat is More Joyous, the glamour mare from Sydney trained by Gai Waterhouse.

Luxbet have More Joyous currently at $8 to become the 2010 Cox Plate winner tomorrow, drifting out from $7.

But can More Joyous beat So You Think in the Cox Plate 2010?

Why She Can:

  • More Joyous is a super consistent runner coming off eight consecutive wins
  • She proved her versatility across states winning her first-up Melbourne start in the Toorak Handicap
  • Is drawn ideally in barrier three where she should get a clear run in front
  • Bred by More Than Ready from Sunday Joy which indicates she has the ability to last the trip
  • Her age is an advantage as four-year-olds have the best record in the Cox Plate with 25 winners

Why She Can’t:

  • Yet to win over 1600m and yet to race at 2000m or above
  • Is unraced on the tight Moonee Valley Circuit
  • The last horse to win the George Main / Cox Plate double was Kingston Town in 1982
  • You have to look even further back in history for the last winner of the Toorak Handicap / Cox Plate double with Tobin Bronze in 1967

With the betting markets and press totally focussing on So You Think and More Joyous the other Cox Plate rivals have been all but forgotten.

But add into the mix evergreen Zipping coming off a 2000m Group 1 victory at Flemington, Moonee Valley specialist Whobegotyou, champion Macau galloper Luen Yat Forever, classy Kiwi runner Wall Street and Shoot Out with the spirit of Stathi Katsidis behind him and the 2010 Cox Plate is shaping up to be one entertaining encounter.

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