2011 Cox Plate Field Emergency Yosei Out

Second emergency for the Cox Plate 2011 at Moonee Valley on Saturday, triple Group 1 winner Yosei has been officially withdrawn from the iconic weight-for-age feature after being found to be lame in the near foreleg.


2011 Cox Plate second emergency Yosei has been officially scratched and is in doubt for the remainder of the spring

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