Second emergency for the Cox Plate 2011 at Moonee Valley on Saturday, triple Group 1 winner Yosei has been officially withdrawn from the iconic weight-for-age feature after being found to be lame in the near foreleg.
Stuart Webb’s four-year-old Invincible Spirit mare Yosei was controversially regulated to second emergency when the official final field for the $3 million Group 1 Tatts Cox Plate (2040m) was released yesterday and veteran galloper Efficient made the final field.
Yosei was last seen in the winner’s circle at Eagle Farm in June when she scored the third elite level of her career in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m).
Failing to impress in her three first-up spring runs, Yosei’s most recent run was a seventh to King Mufhasa in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m).
Committee members at Moonee Valley Racing Club believed her poor recent form was below par of that belonging to a definite Cox Plate starter, hence why she was only an emergency.
Yosei was drawn in barrier 13 in the 2011 Cox Plate and was the $101 outsider in the Luxbet markets.
The lameness that has forced Yosei out of the Cox Plate equation was discovered by Racing Victoria chief vet Brian Stewart, who inspected the mare after her trainer contacted RVL’s chairman of stewards Terry Bailey last night with concerns over her fitness.
“When we saw her this morning she could hardly put her (hoof) down on the ground,” Bailey said.
“Brian found that she was quite lame in the near fore.”
Yosei ran at Moonee Valley yesterday morning when finishing two lengths away from Ron Leemon’s Golden Rose winner Manawanui, who races in the Group 2 AAMI Vase (2040m) this Saturday, but is unlikely to race again this spring.
Connections, who have had to forfeit the $27,5000 final acceptance fee for Yosei in the Cox Plate, will be disappointed as the mare was also being prepared for a shot at the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day Saturday week.
The sole emergency runner is now the Mark Webb-trained Avienus who is drawn in barrier 14.
Cox Plate betting markets at Luxbet are dominated by firming $3.40 favourite Helmet, despite Peter Snowden’s last-start Caulfield Guineas hero drawing awkwardly in barrier 11.
Two other hopefuls are at single-figure odds in the markets with the easing $4.20 second elect Jimmy Choux and market mover Rekindled Interest ($12 into $7.50 Luxbet) who has been well-backed after drawing barrier three and overshadowing Jimmy Choux in a Moonee Valley track gallop on Tuesday morning.
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2011 Cox Plate Field Update
|No.||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight|
|1||7X0X591X08||EFFICIENT (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||Steven King||5||59kg|
|2||12PX626X91||DESCARADO (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||9||59kg|
|3||1X2200X044||WALL STREET (NZ)||Jeff Lynds||Darren Beadman||7||59kg|
|4||0X2312X242||GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Damien Oliver||4||59kg|
|5||111116X211||JIMMY CHOUX (NZ)||John Bary||Jonathan Riddell||10||57.5kg|
|6||X1101X1185||SINCERO||Stephen Farley||Chris O’Brien||6||57.5kg|
|7||017521X418||LION TAMER (NZ)||Murray Baker||Hugh Bowman||16||57.5kg|
|8||3322X24536||PLAYING GOD||Neville Parnham||Steven Parnham||15||57.5kg|
|9||55515X2415||REKINDLED INTEREST||Jim Conlan||Dwayne Dunn||3||57.5kg|
|10||X41312X807||SHAMROCKER (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Steven Arnold||1||55.5kg|
|11||31143X5122||PINKER PINKER||Greg Eurell||Craig Williams||12||55.5kg|
|12||3131X2241||SECRET ADMIRER||Grahame Begg||Brenton Avdulla||8||55.5kg|
|13||111147X112||KING’S ROSE (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||2||55.5kg|
|14||X1111X3311||HELMET||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||11||49.5kg|
|15e||9855X00922||AVIENUS||Mark Webb||Brad Rawiller||14||57kg|
|16e||90X601X007||YOSEI||Stuart Webb||Ms Michelle Payne||13||55.5kg|