2011 Cox Plate Day Scratchings & Track Report

Today Moonee Valley Racecourse is host to one of the Melbourne Spring Carnival’s premier meetings – Cox Plate Day 2011 – and here Races.com.au take a look at the latest track report and field scratchings over the nine quality races on the card.

Moonee Valley Track Report

  • Weather: Overcast
  • Track Condition: Dead (4)
  • Penetrometer: 4.54
  • Rail: True Position Entire Circuit
  • Previous Rail: Rail Out 7m Entire Circuit (07/10/2011)

Racing kicks off at the Valley this afternoon with the $250,000 Group 1 Inglis Banner (1000m) at 12:35pm (AEDST), but the first Group race of the day is Race 3.

Due to jump at 2:05pm (AEDST), the $150,000 Group 3 1300 Australia Stakes (1200m) looks to be an open affair with a number of genuine chances, but it is Neville Layt’s smart filly #8 Karuta Queen who sits at the top of the Luxbet odds as they step back in class after taking on superstar Black Caviar last-start.

Black Caviar is back at the Valley today as well, Peter Moody’s champion mare vying for career win No. 15 in the $300,000 Group 2 Schweppes Stakes (1200m) at 3:20pm (AEDST).

There is one early scratching from Moonee Valley Race 5 with the withdrawal of #4 Balavan meaning Black Caviar has just three rivals standing between here and victory, explaining her near record-breaking short price of $1.03 in the latest Luxbet odds.

Three horses have come out from the next race on the Cox Plate Day card as well, Race 6 – the $250,000 Group 2 Drake International Cup (2500m) – with #2 Booming, #3 Linton and #12 Lalla Rookh.

Americian leads the Luxbet markets for the Drake International, formerly the Moonee Valley Gold Cup, into $2.90 to win their 2011 Melbourne Cup lead-up.

Of course, the race every punter is waiting for today is the 2011 Cox Plate, the $3 million weight-for-age feature set to jump at 5:35pm (AEDST) this afternoon.

A full field of 14 remain in Cox Plate contention, second emergency #16 Yosei pulling out earlier in the week and first emergency #15 Avienus getting a start after the scratching of #2 Descarado, Gai Waterhouse’s injured galloper in doubt for the remainder of the carnival.

See below for the full 2011 Cox Plate Day scratchings, as well as which horses are currently leading the Luxbet markets in each event.

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Moonee Valley Race Scratchings – Cox Plate Day 22/10/2011

Race 1 – Microflite Helicopters Inglis Banner (1000m) – 12:35pm (AEDST)

  • Scratchings: #2 Free Of Doubt (9), #12 Go The Cats (2), #13 Kazanjian (14)
  • Favourite: #8 Swipeline @ $2.70 – Bet now at Luxbet

Race 2 – Essendon Jeep Stakes (1600m) – 1:20pm (AEDST)

  • Scratchings: None Currently
  • Favourite: #5 Twilighting @ $3.30 – Bet now at Luxbet

Race 3 – 1300 Australia Stakes (1200m) – 2:05pm (AEDST)

  • Scratchings: #3 Grand Britannia (6)
  • Favourite: #8 Karuta Queen @ $2.80 – Bet now at Luxbet

Race 4 – Mitchelton Wines Vase (2040m) – 2:40pm (AEDST)

  • Scratchings: None Currently
  • Favourite: #1 Manawanui @ $1.20 – Bet now at Luxbet

Race 5 – Schweppes Stakes (1200m) – 3:20pm (AEDST)

  • Scratchings: #4 Balavan (2)
  • Favourite: #5 Black Caviar @ $1.03 – Bet now at Luxbet

Race 6 – Drake International Cup (2500m) – 4:00pm (AEDST)

  • Scratchings: #2 Booming (7), #3 Linton (5), #12 Montahlia (9)
  • Favourite: #1 Americain @ $2.90 – Bet now at Luxbet

Race 7 – Drummond Gold Crystal Mile (1600m) – 4:40pm (AEDST)

  • Scratchings: None Currently
  • Favourite: #9 Testa My Patience @ $4.20 – Bet now at Luxbet

Race 8 – Tatts Cox Plate (2040m) – 5:35pm (AEDST)

  • Scratchings: #2 Descarado (9), #16 Yosei (13)
  • Favourite: #14 Helmet @ $3.20 – Bet now at Luxbet

Race 9 – Trojan Hand Tools Stakes (1600m) – 6:20pm (AEDST)

  • Scratchings: #2 Avienus (2), #9 So Pristine (12), #10 Sophies Spirit (7), #12 Neriani (1)
  • Favourite: #3 More Strawberries @ $3.50 – Bet now at Luxbet