Cummings Left With Two Cox Plate 2011 Second Acceptors

Maestro trainer Bart Cummings has just two chances remaining to secure his third straight success in Australasia’s weight-for-age championship with 2011 Cox Plate second declarations taken today.

Precedence

Precedence is one of two horses left in Cox Plate 2011 contention for Bart Cummings

There are now 59 hopefuls heading towards a start in the famed $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 22, including two from the stables of Cummings in German import Illo and Zabeel six-year-old Precedence.

Cummings enjoyed a stranglehold over the WFA races down under, including the Cox Plate, over the past two seasons thanks to hero galloper So You Think.

So You Think, however, was sold to overseas racing giant Coolmore at the end of last year and won’t be bought back to Australia to attempt to become a triple Cox Plate winner.

The first of So You Think’s two Cox Plate victories came in their three-year-old season back in 2009, making the son of High Chaparral the first horse of that age since Savabeel (2004) to win the Cox Plate.

This year there is again a strong presence of six classy three-year-olds out to emulate So You Think’s feat spearheaded by the Peter Snowden-trained Helmet and Anthony Cummings’ boom galloper Smart Missile.

2011 Cox Plate Odds

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

Dual elite level winner Helmet and narrow Golden Rose runner-up Smart Missile have been two of the best performing colts of the past season and will get the chance to face off again in the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 8.

Helmet is rated a $21 chance in the latest Cox Plate odds at Luxbet while Smart Missile is at a shorter price of $16.

The two three-year-old fillies out to challenge in the Cox Plate 2011 are John Thompson’s Pane In the Glass and the Graeme and Debbie Rogerson-trained Kiwi Dowager Queen; both were also nominated for the $1 million Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival at first entry stage today.

Cox Plate betting is currently lead by $7 co-favourites Jimmy Choux, last-start winner of the Group 1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) in New Zealand; and Mark Kavanagh’s 2010 third placegetter Whobegotyou.

Kavanagh also paid the Cox Plate second declaration fee for his Caulfield – Melbourne Cup favourite December Draw.

Other dominant horses in the Cox Plate markets that remain in the race include last-start Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes winner Rekindled Interest ($9), last Saturday’s Underwood Stakes victor Lion Tamer ($11) who is now exempt from ballot for the 2011 Caulfield Cup, Stephen Farley’s consistent Group 1 champion Sincero ($12) and the Peter Moody-trained King’s Rose ($15).

Notable omissions from the Cox Plate entries from first to second acceptance stages are the Mick Price-trained Heart Of Dreams who had their spring plans shelved due to a knee injury, Spring Cups-bound Scarlett Lady and the Grahame Begg-trained Ilovethiscity.

Ilovethiscity looked to have moved a step closer to a 2011 Cox Plate bid when running a close second behind Sincero in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1500m) last Saturday, but has not been paid up for at second declaration stage.

The Randwick Guineas winning Magic Albert stallion was, however, a surprise nominee to take on Black Caviar in the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) when initial entries for the Emirates Stakes Day sprint were taken today.

See below for the full list of 2011 Cox Plate second acceptances and weights.

The next stage in narrowing down the Cox Plate final field is third declarations which close on Tuesday October 4, which racing fans will be able to find right here at Races.com.au.

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2011 Tatts Cox Plate Second Declarations

# Horse Trainer Wgt.
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 DECEMBER DRAW (IRE) Mark Kavanagh 59kg
8 DESCARADO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 59kg
9 EFFICIENT (NZ) Robert Hickmott 59kg
10 EXTRA ZERO David Hayes 59kg
11 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller 59kg
12 GATHERING John P Thompson 59kg
13 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney 59kg
14 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 59kg
15 ILLO (GER) Bart Cummings 59kg
16 LINTON Robert Hickmott 59kg
17 LOVE CONQUERS ALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 59kg
18 LUCAS CRANACH (GER) Anthony Freedman 59kg
19 LUEN YAT FOREVER Peter G Moody 59kg
20 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott 59kg
21 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 59kg
22 MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB) Chris Waller 59kg
23 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings 59kg
24 TRUSTING John P Thompson 59kg
25 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent 59kg
26 WALL STREET (NZ) Jeff Lynds 59kg
27 WHOBEGOTYOU Mark Kavanagh 59kg
28 WOORIM Robert Heathcote 59kg
29 BLACKIE (NZ) Michael Kent 57.5kg
30 DOMESKY Michael Kent 57.5kg
31 FAST CLIP Gai Waterhouse 57.5kg
32 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara 57.5kg
33 JIMMY CHOUX (NZ) John Bary 57.5kg
34 LION TAMER (NZ) Murray Baker 57.5kg
35 PLAYING GOD Neville Parnham 57.5kg
36 REKINDLED INTEREST Jim Conlan 57.5kg
37 SAHARA SUN (CHI) Luca Cumani 57.5kg
38 SHOOTOFF (NZ) Graeme Rogerson 57.5kg
39 SINCERO Stephen Farley 57.5kg
40 TOORAK TOFF Rick Hore-Lacy 57.5kg
41 TORIO’S QUEST Brett Partelle 57.5kg
42 AVIENUS Mark Webb 57kg
43 SACRED CHOICE Joseph Pride 57kg
44 ABSOLUTELY Michael Kent 55.5kg
45 DREAMAWAY Dean Binaisse 55.5kg
46 KING’S ROSE (NZ) Peter G Moody 55.5kg
47 LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody 55.5kg
48 MORE STRAWBERRIES Gai Waterhouse 55.5kg
49 PINKER PINKER Greg Eurell 55.5kg
50 SECRET ADMIRER Grahame Begg 55.5kg
51 SHAMROCKER (NZ) Danny O’Brien 55.5kg
52 SOUTHERN SPEED Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 55.5kg
53 YOSEI Stuart Webb 55.5kg
54 HELMET Peter Snowden 49.5kg
55 SABRAGE Michael Moroney 49.5kg
56 SMART MISSILE Anthony Cummings 49.5kg
57 ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ) Leon Corstens 49.5kg
58 DOWAGER QUEEN (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson 47.5kg
59 PANE IN THE GLASS John P Thompson 47.5kg