Cox Plate 2011 First Declarations Missing So You Think

Premier Irish horseman Aiden O’Brien failed to pay up for his dual defending champion So You Think when 2011 Cox Plate first declarations were taken by Racing Victoria this afternoon, the mighty Kingston Town’s record to remain unequalled.

So You Think

So You Think has officially been withdrawn from 2011 Cox Plate contention

Tommy Smith’s genius galloper Kingston Town achieved the incredible feat of three successive Cox Plate wins from 1980-82, and Australian racing fans were hoping the former Bart Cummings-trained So You Think may be given the chance to emulate the remarkable achievement in the 2011 Cox Plate following their victories in Australasia’s weight-for-age championship for the past two years running.

So You Think, however, was the most notable defector when the number of gallopers heading towards the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 15 was reduced from 190 to just 96.

The number of Cox Plate first acceptances is up seven on last year, despite the race losing its major drawcard contender.

O’Brien also chose not to continue on the Cox Plate path with So You Think’s stablemate Cape Blanco.

There are now just two international entries remaining for the iconic Moonee Valley feature this spring with reigning Melbourne Cup winner Americain and the Luca Cumani-trained Sahara Sun.

2011 Cox Plate Odds

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Odds subject to change.
Futures all-in betting showing top 24 horses.

Although Bart Cummings lost his stable ace So You Think at the end of last spring when connections sold the megastar off to Ireland’s racing conglomerate Coolmore Stud, the Cups King still has four Cox Plate entries as he seeks his third straight win in the race.

German import Illo, Zabeel six-year-old Precedence, progressive colt Do You Think and unknown three-year-old Polish are Cummings’ remaining Cox Plate 2011 candidates.

Other notable defectors from the 2011 Cox Plate at first acceptance stage include the Mick Price-trained Coolmore Classic winner Aloha and Gai Waterhouse’s Group 1 winners Herculian Prince and More Joyous.

Cox Plate 2011 odds at Luxbet are clearly lead by last year’s third placegetter, the Mark Kavanagh-trained Whobegotyou.

Street Cry six-year-old ‘Whobe’ has emerged as the most genuine weight-for-age horse of the season and seeks their second straight win of the season this Saturday when they line up in the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at the Valley.

Former Melbourne Cup winning trainer Kavanagh also opted to pay first declarations for Street Cry mare Midnight Martini and exciting import December Draw, the later of which has firmed into the $9 co-favourite for the $2.5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) after winning their third race from four starts down under last Saturday.

Other early favourites in the Cox Plate 2011 odds at Luxbet include:

  • Glass Harmonium (Michael Moroney) – Imported galloper resumed with an eye-catching second behind upset winner Littorio in the Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington last Saturday
  • Lights Of Heaven (Peter Moody) – Zabeel mare was unbeaten until this prep when she ran second to Whobegotyou first-up in the Lawrence Stakes and then looked flat when finishing fifth, with no excuses, in the Makybe Diva
  • Jimmy Choux (John Bary) – Talented Kiwi stayer travelled down under to win the Rosehill Guineas last season, resumed as a four-year-old with a second to Mufhasa in the Group 1 Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings last month
  • Helmet (Peter Snowden) – Seeks their third elite level victory this Saturday in the 2011 Golden Rose in Sydney, already proven up to a mile and has plenty of improving left
  • Lion Tamer (Murray Baker) – Another in-form Kiwi raider, won the Victoria Derby last spring and resumed with a credible fourth in the Challenge Stakes
  • Linton (Robert Hickmott) – Consistent Galileo grey, won the Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield last spring, recorded two Group 1 placings in the autumn and looked on track for a solid spring with their first up seventh, nice sectionals, in the Memsie Stakes on August 27
  • Smart Missile (Anthony Cummings) – Undefeated Fastnet Rock colt, looks for their fourth straight in Saturday’s Golden Rose, yet to prove themselves at a distance over 1200 metres
  • Rekindled Interest (Jim Conlan) – Impressive AAMI Vase winner at the Valley last spring, hasn’t been far from the winner at their opening two starts this prep, on the way up
  • Sincero (Stephen Farley) – Wyong galloper won the Stradbroke Handicap this year, continues to silence critics and step up including their resuming run and win in the Group 3 Tramway Handicap at Warwick Farm last weekend

Other Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival first declarations taken today included those for the 2011 Caulfield Cup, Caulfield Guineas and Thousand Guineas.

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2011 Cox Plate First Declarations & Weights

# Horse Trainer Weight
1 AKZAR (IRE) Robert Hickmott 59kg
2 ALANDI (IRE) Robert Hickmott 59kg
3 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens 59kg
4 AMERICAIN (USA) Alain de Royer Dupre 59kg
5 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) Robert Hickmott 59kg
6 BASE (NZ) Robert Hickmott 59kg
7 CABEZA (NZ) Danny O’Brien 59kg
8 DEAD END (NZ) Michael Moroney 59kg
9 DEALER PRINCIPAL Anthony Cummings 59kg
10 DECEMBER DRAW (IRE) Mark Kavanagh 59kg
11 DESCARADO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 59kg
12 EFFICIENT (NZ) Robert Hickmott 59kg
13 EXTRA ZERO David Hayes 59kg
14 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller 59kg
15 FOXHAM Tony McEvoy 59kg
16 GATHERING John P Thompson 59kg
17 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney 59kg
18 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 59kg
19 HEART OF DREAMS Mick Price 59kg
20 ILLO (GER) Bart Cummings 59kg
21 LINTON Robert Hickmott 59kg
22 LITTORIO Nigel Blackiston 59kg
23 LOVE CONQUERS ALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 59kg
24 LUCAS CRANACH (GER) Anthony Freedman 59kg
25 LUEN YAT FOREVER Peter G Moody 59kg
26 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 59kg
27 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott 59kg
28 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 59kg
29 MY BENTLEY (NZ) Michael Kent 59kg
30 MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB) Chris Waller 59kg
31 NEESON Joseph Pride 59kg
32 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings 59kg
33 REBEL SOLDIER (IRE) David Hayes 59kg
34 RED COLOSSUS Greg Eurell 59kg
35 RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ) Anthony Cummings 59kg
36 ROTHERA Ben Currie 59kg
37 SPACECRAFT David Hayes 59kg
38 TOM’S ROCKET Joseph Pride 59kg
39 TRUSTING John P Thompson 59kg
40 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent 59kg
41 WALL STREET (NZ) Jeff Lynds 59kg
42 WHOBEGOTYOU Mark Kavanagh 59kg
43 WOORIM Robert Heathcote 59kg
44 ZARA DANCER (NZ) Bruce Wallace 59kg
45 ABSOLUTELYAWESOME (NZ) Michael Moroney 57.5kg
46 ALTIUS Chris Waller 57.5kg
47 ANACHEEVA Peter G Moody 57.5kg
48 BALDOVINO Graeme & Debbie Rogerson 57.5kg
49 BLACKIE (NZ) Michael Kent 57.5kg
50 DOMESKY Michael Kent 57.5kg
51 FAST CLIP Gai Waterhouse 57.5kg
52 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara 57.5kg
53 ILOVETHISCITY Grahame Begg 57.5kg
54 JIMMY CHOUX (NZ) John Bary 57.5kg
55 LION TAMER (NZ) Murray Baker 57.5kg
56 PLAYING GOD Neville Parnham 57.5kg
57 PRESSDAY Chris Waller 57.5kg
58 REKINDLED INTEREST Jim Conlan 57.5kg
59 SAHARA SUN (CHI) Luca Cumani 57.5kg
60 SHOOTOFF (NZ) Graeme Rogerson 57.5kg
61 SINCERO Stephen Farley 57.5kg
62 TOKUGAWA Leon Corstens 57.5kg
63 TOORAK TOFF Rick Hore-Lacy 57.5kg
64 TORIO’S QUEST Brett Partelle 57.5kg
65 AVIENUS Mark Webb 57kg
66 GALIZANI John P Thompson 57kg
67 OLDER THAN TIME Gai Waterhouse 57kg
68 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse 57kg
69 SACRED CHOICE Joseph Pride 57kg
70 ABSOLUTELY Michael Kent 55.5kg
71 BRAZILIAN PULSE (NZ) Michael Moroney 55.5kg
72 DREAMAWAY Dean Binaisse 55.5kg
73 HEIDILICIOUS (NZ) John Sadler 55.5kg
74 KING’S ROSE (NZ) Peter G Moody 55.5kg
75 LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody 55.5kg
76 MIDNIGHT MARTINI Mark Kavanagh 55.5kg
77 MORE STRAWBERRIES Gai Waterhouse 55.5kg
78 PINKER PINKER Greg Eurell 55.5kg
79 SCARLETT LADY (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson 55.5kg
80 SECRET ADMIRER Grahame Begg 55.5kg
81 SHAMROCKER (NZ) Danny O’Brien 55.5kg
82 SOUTHERN SPEED Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 55.5kg
83 YOSEI Stuart Webb 55.5kg
84 BOYS ON TOUR John P Thompson 49.5kg
85 DO YOU THINK Bart Cummings 49.5kg
86 FLIGHT OF PEGASUS Scott Aspery 49.5kg
87 HELMET Peter Snowden 49.5kg
88 JUSTWARMINGUP (NZ) Michael Kent 49.5kg
89 POLISH Bart Cummings 49.5kg
90 SABRAGE Michael Moroney 49.5kg
91 SANGSTER (NZ) Trent Busuttin 49.5kg
92 SMART MISSILE Anthony Cummings 49.5kg
93 THE NEW BOY Danny O’Brien 49.5kg
94 ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ) Leon Corstens 49.5kg
95 DOWAGER QUEEN (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson 47.5kg
96 PANE IN THE GLASS John P Thompson 47.5kg