So You Think Among 2011 Cox Plate Nominations

Two time Cox Plate Winner So You Think heads the 189 horses among the first nominations for the 2011 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

So You Think

Aidan O'Brien has not ruled out brining So You Think back to Australia in search of a third Cox Plate

Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien is believed to be weighing up whether to send the two time weight for age champion of Australia to the Arc de Triomphe I France or send him back for a tilt at a third Cox Plate.

Only Kingston Town has been able to win the Cox Plate three times, and Luxbet are offering odds of $7.00 that So You Think will become just the third horse to win the Cox Plate for a third time in 2011.

One man who will be hoping that So You Think goes to France is Mark Kavanagh, who has again nominated his weight for age star Whobegotyou for a third tilt at the Cox Plate. ‘Whobe’ has chased home So You Think in each of the last two years, finishing fifth in 2009 and third last year. Luxbet have installed the six year old as a $9.00 second favourite.

One of the more interesting runners in the 2011 Cox Plate will be More Joyous. The Gai Waterhouse trained mare was one of the standout performers in the Sydney autumn carnival, however she is yet to prove herself beyond a mile. She went into last year’s Cox Plate with eight straight wins under her belt, but was found out in the pressure cooker atmosphere of Australia’s weight for age championship. She is currently being quoted as a $12.00 chance in the 2011 Cox Plate.

Just one mare has one the Cox Plate in the last ten years (Makybe Diva, 2005), however that trend could end this year with some classy mares being nominated. Shamrocker, Scarlett Lady and Aloha have all proven their ability and will come under serious consideration by the time the Cox Plate rolls around.

The Cox Plate has never really been one of the targets for the top international raiders but there is some overseas class amongst this year’s nominations. Jimmy Choux will try and replicate the success he had last time he was in Australia, while Xtension, from Hong Kong has a great record and will give the race an extra dimension.

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2011 Cox Plate Nominations

Horse Trainer
1 ABSOLUTELY Michael Kent
2 ABSOLUTELYAWESOME (NZ) Michael Moroney
3 AKZAR (IRE) Robert Hickmott
4 ALANDI (IRE) Robert Hickmott
5 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens
6 ALL SILENT Grahame Begg
7 ALOHA Mick Price
8 ALTIUS Chris Waller
9 AMERICAIN (USA) Alain de Royer Dupre
10 ANACHEEVA Peter G Moody
11 ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer
12 APOLLO CREED John McArdle
13 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) Robert Hickmott
14 AVIENUS Mark Webb
15 AWAKEN THE DRAGON (NZ) Leon Corstens
16 BALDOVINO Graeme & Debbie Rogerson
17 BASE (NZ) Robert Hickmott
18 BECQU ADOREE (FR) Peter G Moody
19 BIGELOW Clinton McDonald
20 BLACKIE (NZ) Michael Kent
21 BOOMING (NZ) Jeff Lynds
22 BOYS ON TOUR John P Thompson
23 BRAZILIAN PULSE (NZ) Michael Moroney
24 BRIDGESTONE (NZ) Neville Parnham
25 BRIGHT HORIZON (GB) Robert Hickmott
26 BUDAI (GER) David Hayes
27 CABEZA (NZ) Danny O’Brien
28 CAPE BLANCO (IRE) Aidan O’Brien
29 CEDARBERG Pat Carey
30 C’EST LA GUERRE (NZ) Robert Hickmott
31 CHARING CROSS Gai Waterhouse
32 CITY OF SONG John Moloney
33 COLDENS CHOICE Greg Eurell
34 COLUMBUS David Hayes
35 COSMONAUT Bart Cummings
36 COSTLY COMMITMENT Mick Price
37 DANGEROUS MIDGE (USA) Brian Meehan
38 DEAD END (NZ) Michael Moroney
39 DEALER PRINCIPAL Anthony Cummings
40 DECEMBER DRAW (IRE) Mark Kavanagh
41 DESCARADO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
42 DIYARAKA (FR) Michael Moroney
43 DO RA MI (NZ) Peter G Moody
44 DO YOU THINK Bart Cummings
45 DOMESKY Michael Kent
46 DON CARLOS (GER) Michael Moroney
47 DOWAGER QUEEN (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson
48 DREAMAWAY Dean Binaisse
49 EFFICIENT (NZ) Robert Hickmott
50 ESSENCE OF SUCCESS Gai Waterhouse
51 EXTRA ZERO David Hayes
52 FAST CLIP Gai Waterhouse
53 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott
54 FINIGUERRA Darryl Dodson
55 FLAT CHAT John Sadler
56 FLEUR DE LUNE (NZ) Lee Somervell
57 FLIGHT OF PEGASUS Scott Aspery
58 FOLDING GEAR (NZ) Lee & Shannon Hope
59 FONTELINA Anthony Cummings
60 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller
61 FOXHAM Tony McEvoy
62 GALIZANI John P Thompson
63 GATHERING John P Thompson
64 GIGINO (NZ) Chris Waller
65 GINGERBREAD MAN Bruce Marsh
66 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney
67 GO WITH THE FLO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
68 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott
69 GUEST WING Shane A Edwards
70 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara
71 HAWK ISLAND (IRE) Chris Waller
72 HEART OF DREAMS Mick Price
73 HEIDILICIOUS (NZ) John Sadler
74 HELMET Peter Snowden
75 HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
76 HIDDEN GEM David Vandyke
77 ILLO (GER) Bart Cummings
78 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE (GB) Chris Waller
79 ILOVETHISCITY Grahame Begg
80 I’M IMPOSING (GB) Robert Hickmott
81 JIMMY CHOUX (NZ) John Bary
82 JUSTWARMINGUP (NZ) Michael Kent
83 KEEP THE PEACE (NZ) Shaune Ritchie
84 KIM DIVINE Bart Cummings
85 KING TOP GUN (JPN) Ippo Sameshima
86 KING’S PACT David Payne
87 KING’S ROSE (NZ) Peter G Moody
88 LARGO LAD David Hayes
89 LIGHT BRIGADE Gai Waterhouse
90 LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody
91 LINTON Robert Hickmott
92 LION TAMER (NZ) Murray Baker
93 LITTORIO Nigel Blackiston
94 LONDON STRIPE (IRE) Robert Hickmott
95 LOVE CONQUERS ALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
96 LUCAS CRANACH (GER) Sascha Smrczek
97 LUEN YAT FOREVER Peter G Moody
98 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
99 MARAASEEM David Hayes
100 MEINER KITZ (JPN) Sakae Kunieda
101 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott
102 MIDNIGHT MARTINI Mark Kavanagh
103 MIRJULISA LASS Gregory Hickman
104 MORE JOYOUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
105 MORE STRAWBERRIES Gai Waterhouse
106 MOSHEEN Robert Smerdon
107 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher
108 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott
109 MUSHATTA Mark Kavanagh
110 MUSIR Mike De Kock
111 MY BENTLEY (NZ) Michael Kent
112 MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB) Chris Waller
113 NEESON Joseph Pride
114 NEVER FORGET (FR) Luca Cumani
115 NIBLICK Robert Hickmott
116 NOBLE PARK (NZ) Michael Moroney
117 OLDER THAN TIME Gai Waterhouse
118 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse
119 PANE IN THE GLASS John P Thompson
120 PINKER PINKER Greg Eurell
121 PLATINUM PASSION Michael Moroney
122 PLAYING GOD Neville Parnham
123 POLISH Bart Cummings
124 PRAECIDO (NZ) David Payne
125 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings
126 PRESSDAY Chris Waller
127 RAFFAELLO Patrick F Ryan
128 RAHVEEL Leon Corstens
129 REBEL RAIDER Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
130 REBEL SOLDIER (IRE) David Hayes
131 RED COLOSSUS Greg Eurell
132 RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ) Anthony Cummings
133 REKINDLED INTEREST Jim Conlan
134 RHYNO CHASER David Fromberg
135 RIVER JETEZ (SAF) Mike De Kock
136 ROTHERA Ben Currie
137 SABRAGE Michael Moroney
138 SACRED CHOICE Joseph Pride
139 SADALBARI Michael Kent
140 SAFARI (NZ) Michael Kent
141 SAHARA SUN (CHI) Luca Cumani
142 SANGSTER (NZ) Patrick & Trent Busuttin
143 SCARLETT LADY (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson
144 SECRET ADMIRER Grahame Begg
145 SECRET HILLS Mick Price
146 SEGURO (NZ) Brian Jenkins
147 SHAMASH Bart Cummings
148 SHAMROCKER (NZ) Danny O’Brien
149 SHOOTOFF (NZ) Graeme Rogerson
150 SILVER METEOR Gai Waterhouse
151 SINCERO Stephen Farley
152 SMART MISSILE Anthony Cummings
153 SO YOU THINK (NZ) Aidan O’Brien
154 SOMEPIN ANYPIN (NZ) Gary Portelli
155 SOUTHERN SPEED Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
156 SPACECRAFT David Hayes
157 STAND TO GAIN (IRE) Chris Waller
158 STATE GRADE Clinton McDonald
159 STRAWBERRY BOY Gai Waterhouse
160 STUDLEY PARK Robert Hickmott
161 SUPREME WARRIOR (NZ) Leon Corstens
162 SWEETEST MELODY Gai Waterhouse
163 SWIFT JUDGEMENT Bart Cummings
164 SYREON Chris Waller
165 TEARDROP ROCK Gai Waterhouse
166 THAT’S THE WAY (NZ) Michael Moroney
167 THE JAZZ SINGER Michael Kent
168 THE NEW BOY Danny O’Brien
169 TOKUGAWA Leon Corstens
170 TOM’S ROCKET Joseph Pride
171 TORIO’S QUEST Brett Partelle
172 TRIPLE ELEGANCE Chris Waller
173 TRUSTING John P Thompson
174 TULLAMORE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
175 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent
176 VALDEMORO Gai Waterhouse
177 VESPER Robert Hickmott
178 VIGOR (NZ) Danny O’Brien
179 VIKING LEGEND Ross Simpson & Tracey Barnes
180 VITTORIA (NZ) Michael Kent
181 WALL STREET (NZ) Jeff Lynds
182 WHOBEGOTYOU Mark Kavanagh
183 WOORIM Robert Heathcote
184 YOSEI Stuart Webb
185 ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ) Leon Corstens
186 ZACK HALL (FR) Mikel Delzangles
187 ZAGREB David Hayes
188 ZARA DANCER (NZ) Bruce Wallace
189 ZEPHYRON (NZ) Mark Kavanagh